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Recent Pat Nanotechnol. 2018 Feb 14;12(1):45-58. doi: 10.2174/1872210511666170601115516.

Strategies on Technology Transfer and Patents Commercialization for Nanotechnology at the Spanish National Research Council.

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Vicepresidencia Adjunta de Transferencia del Conocimiento (VATC), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), c/Serrano 142, E-28006-Madrid, Spain.
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), c/Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049-Madrid, Spain.


Nanoscience and nanotechnology made their appearance in the scientific scene at a time when both the economy of Spain and the Spanish Research and Innovation System were experiencing strong growth. This circumstance resulted in a remarkable development of nanoscience and nanotechnology especially in universities and public research institutions such as the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-CSIC). However, this development in academia has not been reflected in a similar increment in the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector despite several efforts and initiatives were launched. The CSIC, the main generator of scientific knowledge in Spain, has designed and implemented a series of actions in order to take advantage of the knowledge generated in nanotechnology by its research groups by mean of an appropriate transfer to both the Spanish and the international industry.


Internal methodologies used in CSIC in order to protect and commercialize nanotechnology based intellectual property as well as their effects are reviewed. The evolution of CSIC nanotechnology patents portfolio is also analyzed.


There has been a clear increase in the patent license agreements of CSIC in the period 2002- 2015 in the field of nanotechnology. This increase is correlated to these facts: (i) Highly qualified team managing Intellectual Property issues, (ii) The presence of CSIC in international fairs, and (iii) Proactive search of companies and investors.


Successful results can be achieved in technology transfer when the appropriate resources are available and properly organized with an adequate combination of efforts in knowledge protection, promotion and commercialization of technologies and support to the scientific entrepreneurs of the institution.


Intellectual property protection; nanotechnology; patents commercialization; research performing organizations; scientific policy; spin-off; technology transfer

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