High Contrast |  Contact |  Imprint | Privacy Statement

Northern Balkans Expert Workshop

Knowledge Transfer from Universities and Public Research Institutes:
Strategic Approaches for Intellectual Property Management

1 June 2012, 11 – 15.45 hrs
Radisson Blu hotel (opposite University of Sofia), Sofia, Bulgaria


The contribution of universities and public research organisations in Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia to economic development is increasingly recognised. However, there are severe challenges for all stakeholders involved in knowledge transfer: Universities need to refine their concepts for joint research with industry, intellectual property management, and university spin-offs; knowledge transfer personnel needs to be trained. Companies need to become more involved in collaborative research. Agencies funding research and innovation need to adopt a more coherent approach. This workshop was intended to discuss 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.

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.


Please address questions to Stefan Lilischkis at empirica in Bonn, the company organising the event,
stefan.lilischkis(at)empirica(dot)com, +49 (0)228 98530-35.


Readers can comment on the summary in a discussion tool at the bottom of this website.

pdf icon fileadmin/kts/workshop/european/kts_ws_east-central-europe_2012-04-25_summary_v1.1.pdfDownload Summary [PDF, 275 KB]fileadmin/kts/workshop/northernbalkans/kts_ws_sofia_2012-06-01_summary_v1.1.pdf


pdf icon Download Programme [PDF, 425 KB]




11.00 – 11.15

Welcome and introduction

  • Liviu Stirbat, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
pdf icon Download [351 KB]
11.15 – 12.45

Country profiles

Knowledge transfer and IP management at universities and public research organisations: current situation, good practice and challenges
  • Croatia: Dalibor Marijanovic, Business Innovation Centre of Croatia
pdf icon Download [1.7 MB]
  • Romania: Dragos Seuleanu, The Foundation for Democracy, Culture and Liberty
  • Bulgaria: Bojil Dobrev, University of Sofia
pdf icon Download [394 KB]
13.45 – 14.30

Case study

How national authorities can support capabilities and skills in managing intellectual property
  • Noémi Baho-Borzók, Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
pdf icon Download [247 KB]
14.30 – 15.40

Panel discussion:

Professionalising knowledge transfer and IP management in Northern Balkan countries: policy implications
  • A university’s view from Bulgaria: Prof. Georgi Todorov, Dean of FIT, TU Sofia
pdf icon Download [5 MB]
  • A university’s view from Croatia: Vlatka Petrovic, University of Zagreb
  • A business view: Gabriel Catalin Vladut, Commercial Society for Research, Design and Production of Automation Equipments and Installations
 pdf icon Download [900 KB]
  • An IPR policy view: Magdalena Radulova, Director, Directorate Marks and Geographical Indications, Bulgarian Patent Office (Sofia, Bulgaria)
15.40 – 15.45


  • Liviu Stirbat, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

Leave a comment

If you would like to comment on the summary of this workshop or on existing comments from other people, please use the following discussion tool for submitting your remarks. Your comments may be included in a revised version of the summary or in other reports of the Knowledge Transfer Study.