Technology Transfer Centre
A specialized department, the Technology Transfer Centre (TTC), provides services associated with the protection of industrial rights over R&D results on behalf of TBU and implements the necessary steps leading to the commercialization of such results. Moreover, the TTC represents an important link between TBU and the industrial practice thanks to patent services offered by the TTC not only as an internal service for TBU but also for industrial entities – external applicants.
17 licence agreements are registered with the TTC, out of which 5 were concluded in 2016. Furthermore, 6 agreements on cooperation with business and industry and 15 agreements on cooperation and on the use of R&D results during the implementation of a joint project were registered with the TTC, with 3 of them concluded in 2016.
The transfer of technology and knowledge is also carried out through the mediation of professional associations whose members are the TTC or the TTC’s Patent Attorneys:
- Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship CR, z. s. (non-governmental organization)
- Science and Technology Parks Association of the Czech Republic, z. s. (non-governmental organization)
- European Patent Institute
- Chamber of Patent Attorneys of the CR
The transfer of knowledge to practice is carried out by means of cooperation with companies leading to the practical application of results of research and development, taking place simultaneously on two levels:
a) Contract and collaborative research, which tests and develops the collaboration with the business sector; this development is reflected in an increase in the contract research.
b) Projects of applied research and experimental development funded in particular by national providers; in that case, the transfer of knowledge to practice is always the subject matter of an agreement on the use of results of the implementation of the relevant project.
The transfer of knowledge to practice is based on business principles inspired by Bata, and that within the development of the technology transfer process based on cooperation and on strengthening of relations between the University, companies and regional administration authorities.
In 2016, the CIC UPPER was opened. The Centre is intended for start-up companies active in the field of creative industries and for the FMC Audiovisual Centre. The Centre also performs an advisory role in accordance with the needs of companies newly established by students/graduates of TBU faculties.
Statute and Scope of Activities Carried out by the Technology Transfer Centre
The Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) was established on 1 January 2008 as an output of the project “Technology Park and Technology Transfer Centre at TBU in Zlín” and is a component part of the University Institute. The role of the TTC consists in supporting the transfer of R&D results to practice.
The Technology Transfer Centre provides comprehensive professional services related to industrial property protection, counselling and information activities related to licences and know-how, technology transfer, copyright and other areas related to the protection and the subsequent commercial application of R&D results. The TTC clients include academics and researchers, students as well as external organizations.
The TTC also offers related services and subsequent registration of research results that are not subject to registration by the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic – i.e. results such as a pilot plant, verified technology, prototype, functional sample, certified methodology, specialized maps, software or research report.
In addition to counselling services, consulting and specialized reviews in the above-mentioned spheres, the TTC offers direct representation of clients in cases of protection of industrial rights before the following authorities: Industrial Property Office (IPO), European Patent Office (EPO), European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).