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About Technological Transfer


What is understood by UC technology?

The Pontificia Universidad Católica technologies are those inventions, understood as an answer to a technical problem, that are a result of a research done by academics that are hired by the university. The technologies can belong to different areas of knowledge, such as Social Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Architecture or other fields of human work.

What is tech-transfer?

The technological transfer is the submission of the research results, that were developed in the university, to a third party that is also interested in this knowledge (UC technology). In order to complete the transfer , the Direction of Technology Transfer and Development mediates between the parties in order to define conditions and royalties associated to the eventual agreement.

How can the research results be transferred?

The transfer can be done by signing an operating licence agreement with a public or private entity, with or without economic profit. Another possibility is the creation of a university spin off company, that commercializes the research results. The DTD guides the academics about finding the best transfer strategy for each technology.

About Intellectual Property


What is a licence?

A licence is a an agreement between two parties, in which one of the parties grants copyrights and operating rights of its technology. The owner of the technology usually receives some benefits for granting this right.

In which cases the ownership of the intellectual property belongs to the university?

The Intellectual Property Assets belong to UC when (i) the invention is developed by an academic hired by the university, (ii) when there is an agreement with a third party ,(iii) when there is a significative use of university resources (equipment, research materials, name, brand, trademark, services done by people hired by the university) ,(iv) when the computer software has been developed as a results of working activities.

In which cases the ownership of the intellectual property belongs to the academic?

The Intellectual Property Assets belong to the academic, when it corresponds to teaching materials and the academic has not been hired to develop that specific technology, and there has not been a significant use of the university resources.

How are research results protected?

The inventions can be protected through different mechanisms such as patents, copyright registrations, plant variety registration or industrial secret. The Direction of Technology Transfer and Development analyzes each case and proposes the best protection strategy that makes easier the knowledge transfer towards the productive sector.