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Italian Expert Workshop

Intellectual Property Management at Universities and Public Research Institutes in Italy:
Strategic Approaches

30 September 2011, 11.45 – 16.15 hrs
CNR Conference Centre, Piazzale Aldo Moro, Rome, Italy


The contribution of Italian universities and public research organisations to economic development is increasingly recognised. However, there are challenges for all stakeholders involved in knowledge transfer: Companies need to become more involved in collaborative research and accept good practice in intellectual property management. Agencies funding research and innovation need to adopt a more coherent approach. Universities need to manage their expectations regarding income generation through knowledge transfer, while maximising its impact. There may need to be a longer term commitment to the funding of knowledge transfer offices and to increasing the status of the knowledge transfer profession. This workshop discussed challenges of knowledge transfer, good practices, and ways towards more systematic approaches.


This workshop supported the implementation of the European Commission's 2008 Recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities and Code of Practice for universities and public research organisations (http://ec.europa.eu/invest-in-research/pdf/ip_recommendation_en.pdf ). The event was part of a workshop series covering 39 European countries in 2011 and 2012. It took place in co-location with the ProTon Europe 9th Annual Conference (http://www.netval.it/pagine/ProTon-Europe-Annual-Conference-2011.aspx  ) and in co-operation with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development as well as Netval. The morning session of the workshop and the ProTon conference took place jointly.

Target groups

The workshop convened stakeholders in knowledge transfer, in particular from universities, public research organisations, governmental organisations and business. Attendance was free of charge and by personal invitation.


For questions please contact
Dr. Stefan Lilischkis,


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Joint session of Knowledge Transfer Study workshop and ProTon conference

11.45 – 13.00

The future of the knowledge transfer manager profession

  • Prof. Riccardo Pietrabissa, Head of ICT, National Research Council (CNR) / President, Netval
  • Patrick McCutcheon, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
Expert discussion:
  • Prof. Riccardo Pietrabissa, National Research Council / Netval
  • Pat Frain, Director NovaUCD, Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre of the University College Dublin
  • Dr. Michel Morant, Manager, Technology Transfer Office, University of Liège
  • Dr. Alexandros Papaderos, Technical University Munich, Head, Patent and Licensing Office

Knowledge Transfer Study workshop
in cooperation with Ministry of Economic Development and Netval

13:45 – 14:15

Country profile

Knowledge transfer and IP management at Italian universities and public research organisations: an international comparative view

Prof. Andrea Piccaluga, ProTon Europe Board of Directors / Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa): Findings from the ProTon surveys

Dr. Stefan Lilischkis, Senior Consultant, empirica GmbH / Nordine Es-Sadki, United Nations University MERIT: First findings from the Knowledge Transfer Study

14:15 – 14:45

Case study

From knowledge to market: experiences in knowledge transfer from research to industry and lessons learned
  • Dr. Lorenz Kaiser, Fraunhofer Society, Division Director for legal and contractual affairs
15:00 – 16:00

Panel discussion

Fostering valorisation of research findings from universities and public research organisations – policy implications
  • A university's view: Dr. Andrea Berti, Director, Technology Transfer Office, University of Padua
  • An innovation policy view: Daniela A.R. Carosi, Innovation National Fund Coordinator, Italian Patent and Trademark Office, Ministry of Economic Development
  • A small business view: Andrea Di Anselmo, Board Member, International Network for SMEs (INSME) / Vice President, META Group srl
  • A big business view: Dr. Nicoletta Amodio, Director of Research, Innovation and Education Confindustria
16:00 – 16:15


  • Patrick McCutcheon, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

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