Duration: 12. 4. 2024 – 30. 4. 2029

Project title: KTO Knowledge Transfer Office – (KTO 3)

Project acronym: KTO 3

Co-financer: European Union from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Organisation unit at FIS: FIŠ Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office (TTO FIS)

Type of project: Research and development project

Role of FIS: Partner

Lead Partner: Jožef Stefan Institute

Partners: National Institute of Biology, National Institute of Chemistry, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Institute of Metals and Technology, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Rudolfovo – Science and Technology Centre Novo mesto, Science and Research Centre Koper.

Project leader at FIS: Assoc. Prof. Katarina Krapež, Ph.D.

Head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office (TTO FIS): Asst. Prof. Urška Fric, Ph.D.

Project description:

 The project’s objective is to promote and enhance cooperation in the field of intellectual property protection and marketing through an established and functioning consortium of ten Knowledge Transfer Offices (KTOs) and in cooperation with a consortium of three KTOs of Slovenian universities. This will strengthen strategic patenting, commercialisation, and economic exploitation of inventions, the development of mechanisms for knowledge valorisation, and raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property and its effective management among all key actors in the research and innovation ecosystem. In addition, an important aim of the project is to strengthen cooperation between public research organisations (PRO) to achieve a more comprehensive supply of knowledge and technologies to companies through the organisation of joint (multidisciplinary) project teams and teams planned by spin-off companies (larger PRO) in cases where this makes sense due to specific industry requirements and concrete market demands or opportunities. An important objective is also to harmonise approaches to the contractual relationships arising in knowledge valorisation processes, such as common contract templates, starting points for the preparation of contracts, negotiations, evaluations, rules of procedure, and other documents, to govern the processes in the PRO and in cooperation with economic operators.

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