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Code of Practice Implementation and Impact Survey

This survey was administered by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW) on behalf of the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation. It obtained internationally comparable data on principles and practices of intellectual property (IP) management and knowledge transfer for universities and public research institutes in Europe. It assessed these principles and practices along the lines of the European Commission's Recommendation on Knowledge Transfer (see http://ec.europa.eu/invest-in-research/pdf/download_en/ip_recommendation.pdf) and the Code of Practice for universities and other public research organisations in annex I of the recommendation. It served to increase knowledge of IP management and knowledge transfer in academic institutions and provided input for policy-making and funding in Europe.

The online questionnaire for the survey asked questions on regulations and practice in the areas of IP policy and start-up policy, incentives for IP protection and knowledge transfer, exploitation and commercialisation practice, collaborative and contract research, monitoring and communication of research, IP and knowledge transfer, and the staff of the transfer offices to universities and public research institutes (questionnaire is annexed to the final report).

The combined 2011-12 gross sample consisted of 675 institutions. It was nested with the other, larger European Knowledge Transfer Indicators Survey conducted in the study to facilitate the impact analysis of policies and practices. Respondents were the responsible offices for knowledge and technology transfer and/or research. The survey covered the 27 EU member states and the 12 countries associated to the 7th European Framework Programme. A total of 322 valid responses was obtained (97 in 2011 and 225 in 2012) which adds up to 47.7% of the gross sample. Responses are from institutions in 33 countries. From 6 countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Serbia) no response could be obtained.

A subset of 100 respondents to the survey was interviewed in semi-structured telephone/Skype interviews to obtain further contextual information on institutional policies.

The results of the online surveys and interviews are included in the final report.

For further information on this survey and related activities please contact:
Prof. Dr. Franz Barjak, franz.barjak(at)fhnw(dot)ch, Tel: +41 xxx
FHNW, http://www.fhnw.ch/business/