Universities’ Intellectual Property: Path for Innovation or Patent Competition?


  • Gustavo Dalmarco School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)
  • Mariana de Freitas Dewes School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)
  • Paulo Antonio Zawislak School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)
  • Antônio Domingos Padula School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)




university patent, technology transfer office, open innovation


Technological innovation is represented by the conversion of knowledge into new products and processes which, when commercialized, generate wealth. In relations with companies, universities’ role is to develop scientific knowledge, fostering industry’s R&D activities. This article proposes an analysis of the technology transfer process performed by public universities in Brazil. Results demonstrate that universities are facing difficulties in requesting and licensing patents based on scientific results, due to lack of commercial contact with companies and their limitations in adapting available technologies. The increase in scientific output is not being effectively transformed into new technologies for products and services, exposing the necessity for new policies to approach university-industry relations. For universities, this may mean rethinking the role of patents in the technology transfer process, such as increasing co-authorship with companies and have companies support technological research within the university, instead of investing in legal protection, distant from market needs.


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Author Biographies

Gustavo Dalmarco, School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)

PhD Student, School of Management.

Mariana de Freitas Dewes, School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)

PhD Student, School of Management.

Paulo Antonio Zawislak, School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)

Professor, School of Management.

Antônio Domingos Padula, School of Management, Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (EA/UFRGS)

Professor, School of Management.


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How to Cite

Dalmarco, G., Dewes, M. de F., Zawislak, P. A., & Padula, A. D. (2011). Universities’ Intellectual Property: Path for Innovation or Patent Competition?. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 6(3), 159–170. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242011000300012



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