Aims of the course:

To acquire knowledge and tools about: a) the mechanisms of technology transfer within universities; b) the management of technology transfer processes; c) the valorization of university research through patents and spin-offs; d) the support services for technology transfer within the university and in the local context.


• Spin-offs and start-ups: the set-up process; the management of technology star-ups; determinants of success and growth.

• Patenting activity: patentability conditions; application and granting process at national and international level; economic valorisation of patents.

• University-firm collaborations: research collaborations between university and firms, intellectual property management.


The course will be developed through lessons, seminars and group work.