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As the recent Green Paper on Innovation suggests, the European Union must be more effective at placing its technology-base at the service of industrial competitiveness and the needs of the market. In particular, it is recognised that one of the greatest challenges facing European firms is the comparatively limited capacity to convert scientific breakthroughs and technological achievements into industrial and commercial successes. As a result, there is growing awareness of the proactive approach being undertaken by academic institutions, with many adopting a direct entrepreneurial role in collaborating with industry. Such activities can include the licensing of patents to industry and the creation of spin-offs that are based on technology developed within university laboratories.
This report presents an examination of the process of technology transfer from universities to industry within seven different regions of Europe namely Ireland, Sweden, Portugal, Northern Ireland, Wales, Spain and Finland. Through a multi-methodological approach, the research was undertaken in five distinct phases.

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