Technology transfer - Online course

Learn the fundamentals of technology transfer and commercialisation, as well as the know-how to design a strategy to transform inventions into innovations.

Cost: €250
  • Delivery:

    Self-paced, online course through the internet
    Participants learn at their own schedule

  • Dates:
    Start at any time
  • Length:

    6 weeks (average)

  • Effort:

    3-5 hours/week (average)

  • Level:

    Beginner - intermediate

  • Language:


Online, self-paced

Online course through the internet: start at anytime and learn at your own pace.


Applied learning based on a real project supported by case-studies and readings.


A peer-driven community of practice to learn through debate and interaction.

Course overview

Why this online course

Practitioners that are involved in technology transfer and intellectual property (IP) commercialization operations need to know the process steps and critical factors that lead to transform early technology opportunities in the form of laboratory inventions into successful innovations available in the market.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn how to formulate an action plan to transfer a technology (IP) from lab to market.
  • Get a comprehensive overview of the technology transfer process.
  • Know the fundamentals of technology identification, assessment, protection and maturation, as well as partner engagement, negotiation, contracting and monitoring.

Target audience

Professionals and executives at universities, research centers and laboratories, research hospitals, consultancy firms, start-ups, companies, government agencies, foundations, science parks, etc.


No formal prerequisites in terms of qualifications, background, previous experience nor geographical location are required to enroll in this online course.

Course outline

Lesson 1. Introduction to technology transfer

  • Concept of technology transfer
  • Characterizing features of technology transfer
  • Technology transfer mechanisms
  • Motivations for technology transfer
  • Benefits of technology transfer
  • Law framework for technology transfer
  • Technology transfer offices

Lesson 2. The technology transfer process

  • Overview of the technology transfer process
  • First stage: create value to innovate
  • Second stage: develop the partnership

Lesson 3. Technology identification

  • The technology identification phase
  • Results of R&D activity
  • Invention disclosure
  • Interviewing researchers

Lesson 4. Technology assessment

  • The technology assessment phase
  • Factors to make the right decisions
  • Value proposition of the technology
  • Market analysis
  • Time of market entry
  • Protection strength
  • Capacity of the research team
  • Pathways to transfer technology
  • Partners in technology transfer
  • Technology transfer strategic plan
  • Market validation

Lesson 5. Technology protection

  • The technology protection phase
  • Overview of intellectual property rights
  • Getting the technology protected by patenting
  • Checking patentability
  • Filing the patent
  • The patenting process in a nutshell

Lesson 6. Technology maturation

  • The technology maturation phase
  • Bridging the gap towards the market
  • Development and proof of concept
  • Required partners

Lesson 7. Partner engagement

  • The engagement phase
  • The process for locating technology partners
  • The engagement process with technology partners

Lesson 8. Deal-making and negotiation

  • The deal-making and negotiation phase
  • Overview of the negotiation process
  • Preparing the negotiation process

Lesson 9. Contracting

  • The contracting phase
  • Overview of technology transfer contracts
  • License agreement
  • Structure of a patent license agreement
  • Spin-offs (startup creation)

Lesson 10. Process monitoring

  • The monitoring phase
  • Technology transfer implementation
  • The technology package to transfer
  • Monitoring actions
  • Disputes in technology transfer

Course practice

Applied learning project

  • Development of an action plan to commercialise an invention (IP) from lab to market.


  • Identification of technology: research project on bone treatment
  • Assessment of technology: research project on bone treatment
  • Identification of technology: research project on bone treatment
  • Protection of technology: research project on bone treatment
  • Maturation of technology: research project on bone treatment
  • Deal making and negotiation: research project on bone treatment

Analytical tools

  • The Technology Transfer Canvas
  • Invention disclosure forms
  • Conversation with researchers to identify inventions / script of interview
  • Information available to identify inventions
  • Technology assessment dashboard
  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)
  • Preparation of technology brochure
  • Preparation of negotiation on technology transfer
  • Templates and models for technology transfer agreements


  • Carbon Nanotechnology Lowers Cost of Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  • Dynapower and Raychem Announce Technology Transfer Agreement
  • Patent Licensing: up to $1.18 Trillion contributed to U.S. Economy Since 1996
  • The technology transfer process in some universities
  • Navigating technology transfer issues
  • Improving invention disclosure quality
  • INNOVA Program, financing proof-of-concept projects
  • Reinventing tech transfer
  • Rive Technology, a spinoff to catalyst the industry

Course syllabus

Get the course syllabus to know all details about the recommended weekly routine to take the course, the learning methodology, and the suggested plan to a successfully learning.

Preparation for certification

This course prepares for the online exam to become a certified professional in technology transfer by The Transfer Institute. Participants have to enroll in the professional certification exam separately. Please check out our pricing options and discounts.

The Transfer Institute learning experience

  • Mode of delivery: online, self-paced, flexible duration

  • Practice-doing approach: applied project, peers’ review, tools

  • Participant-driven learning: community of practice, facilitator

  • Educational material (lessons, case-studies, readings, tools...)

  • Course completion credential; professional certification available

  • Planning for a successfully learning experience

Pricing options



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We are trusted by leading customers

University of Manchester / Imperial College London / National University of Medical Sciences Pakistan / Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / Universidad Autónoma de Baja California / Universidad de Concepción / Centro Investigación Polímeros Avanzados / CSIC / Fundación Cientifica AECC / Corfo / Onedose Pharma / Libelium

"The program systematises the approach to technology transfer and gives value by solving practical cases. I highly recommend it for all professionals involved in technology transfer"

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