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The Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship$
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Albert N. Link, Donald S. Siegel, and Mike Wright

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226178349

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226178486.001.0001

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University Patenting in Europe

University Patenting in Europe

Does Faculty Ownership of Intellectual Property Impede University Technology Transfer?

(p.188) Chapter 7 University Patenting in Europe
The Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship

David Audretsch

Devrim Göktepe-Hultén

University of Chicago Press

The chapter assesses the consequences of the professors' privilege in Europe, which refers to faculty, rather than their university, ownership of intellectual property. The authors conclude that this type of intellectual property regime has stimulated informal university technology transfer and induced many academics to circumvent the university technology transfer office. The authors also report that while there are appropriate controls for different ownership structures in Europe and the U.S., the European academic system seems to perform much better in the area of technology transfer than previously believed.

Keywords:   professor’s privilege, patents, technology transfer offices, research, intellectual property

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