The issues and potential barriers often associated with transferring developed research products and technologies should be addressed.  Technology transfer legislation helps agencies overcome many of the barriers.  Through increased awareness and sensitivity to the issues of concern that will be mentioned in the next paragraphs, agencies can overcome some of these challenges.

 This section addresses the issues of concern in Technology Transfer. Several issues should be considered in order to effectively transfer developed technology and products.  These issues include:

  • Competitiveness: the most important issue surrounding technology transfer is its role in contributing to an improved ZUJ presence and competitive position in the local or world marketplace. In addition, funding opportunities becoming more competitive.
  • Fairness of Opportunity ‑ Technology transfer activities are aimed at commercializing research products.  A key step in commercialization is to find marketers or commercializers to the technology to be transferred. Certain technology transfer activities, such as Cooperative Research and Development Agreements and patent licenses, provide incentives for companies to adopt, market, and sell developed products.  It is prudent to make sure that information about collaborative and patent-licensing opportunities is made readily and widely available to anyone interested in taking advantage of these.  This can be done by advertising the opportunity in journals, discussing the activity at conferences, distributing fact sheets, and providing information about the technology on the Internet.
  • Conflict of Interest – All employees, contractors, and organizations under the technology transfer projects are subject to conflict‑of‑interest provisions.  The primary purpose of technology transfer activities is to stimulate commercial development, adoption, and use of developed products not to encourage personal gain.