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Industry/University Licensing: Characteristics, Concerns and Issues from the Perspective of the Buyer


  • Thursby, Jerry G
  • Thursby, Marie C


The authors previously explored invention licensing from the university's perspective. In this paper we focus on the process from the perspective of firms activity engaged in licensing technology. A survey of industry licensing professionals addresses why some firms license technologies from universities and why others do not. The paper then considers the stage of development of university technologies, the characteristics of their licensing contracts, and sources of information about university technologies, all to better understand how the process works and what advantages and disadvantages it offers to all participants. Copyright 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Thursby, Jerry G & Thursby, Marie C, 2003. "Industry/University Licensing: Characteristics, Concerns and Issues from the Perspective of the Buyer," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 28(3-4), pages 207-213, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:28:y:2003:i:3-4:p:207-13

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