Knowledge transfer (KT) is the set of activities aimed at the dissemination of knowledge, experience and skills in order to facilitate the use, application and exploitation of the knowledge and capacities of a university outside the academic field, whether by other institutions, the productive sector or society in general.
A key concept is open innovation. This model of innovation is developed mainly from the appearance of public funds for public-private collaborative research, where, for example, a university and company share objectives, resources and intellectual property rights.
Collaborative research is also an important channel of knowledge transfer between academia and industry, government and business, in both directions, and can lead to other knowledge transfer activities such as licensing or spin-off training.
Often our faculty is actively involved in demonstrating the potential usefulness of these inventions, before the industry can incorporate them under market or social use conditions.
For all these reasons, in open innovation the correct management of intellectual property is an essential requirement to carry out a transfer of knowledge. From this the set of exclusive rights are articulated which will protect the generation of knowledge that can give rise to new products, new procedures or new designs. This means the identification of transferable results and their protection, if appropriate, taking into account a conception of their use, application, economic exploitation or business (invention).