IIT research results are to a large extent a public asset which should be applied for society's use and benefit. Applying knowledge and technologies to society includes transferring them to industry in order to increase IIT’s contribution to the innovation process while generating income to support research and reward inventors.

Technology Transfer aims at bringing knowledge from research to the market. It includes protection of new technologies by means of patents and copyright, as well as the strategic licensing of IIT Intellectual Property. It also supports the creation of Start-Up companies, which may originate from a worthy combination of the cutting-edge knowledge and the entrepreneurial spirit of some IIT researchers.

Moreover, Technology Transfer provides support to negotiate and define agreements with industries to carry out R&D and competitive industrial research

Finally, IIT Technology Transfer promotes dissemination and training activities for the scientific community as well as research and networking with other Research Organizations to improve knowledge and effectiveness in transferring technologies.

So far Technology Transfer activity lead to more than 400 patents or patent applications, 17 Spin-Offs and as many which are about to be launched.

Cumulative external funds (Euros)