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How do you transfer technology?


What is a technology transfer?

A technology transfer is a vehicle used by researchers to place their products and services on the market where they can make a difference on society.

You can actually transfer any study outcome that can be protected under various mechanisms, essentially intellectual property rights. Visit our website where we explain “How to protect your research.”

Why is it important to transfer your technology?

Catholic University scholars and researchers develop world-class science that has the potential to enhance individuals’ quality of life with products and services that further national and global development.

Tech transfers are designed to take research projects to another level where they can truly have an impact on the academic community by way of publications and congresses while also morphing into products and services that make a difference in peoples’ lives. This is how we understand the concept of tech transfer, which can either be for profit or not for profit, depending on the strategy one choses to follow or the purpose defined by its creators.

What type of support does the Tech Transfer Office provide to UC researchers?

Financial Resources: We assist researchers in raising public and private funding so they can turn their ideas into projects that make a difference on society and markets by solving problems.

The tech transfer office has a host of internal awards for funding various stages of the research process including protection, acceleration and transfer of results.

Protecting Intellectual Property: we advise university researchers on how to come up with the best strategy to protect their creations or inventions—either by registering property rights or patenting their inventions and industrial secrets, etc.—in order to lay down clear-cut rules and incentives for transferring and publishing outcomes.

Tech Transfer: Office staff members conduct studies to validate the potential usefulness of inventions and creations with prospective buyers such as companies, non-profits or public agencies. They look for partners who may be interested in implementing new technologies while also providing support for negotiating terms and conditions and signing transfer agreements.

How do you go about transferring your research outcomes?

Once you lock in the partners best suited to your tech transfer, the Tech Transfer Office will assist you in negotiating the actual transfer with third parties. This could lead to signing a licensing agreement or setting up a technology-based spin off.

What is a licensing agreement?

A document by way of which the holder of rights authorizes a third party to exercise the right to exploit the good or service under certain terms and conditions, in keeping with specific timeframes and places, and potentially in exchange for royalties.

What is a spin-off?

When researchers are interested in taking their technological developments to the next level, they can begin a commercial undertaking by setting up a company to assist in transferring their research outcomes into innovation products and services.


Consuelo Sotomayor
Deputy Director of Tech Transfers
Tel: +56 2 2354 1041