Report 2013

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  • During the 2006-2011 period, Catalan public universities were involved in 508 of the priority patents submitted.
  • In 2011 Catalan universities generated 21% of the total income for all Spanish universities from technology transfer.

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3. Innovation and university-industry cooperation

Universities are a key agent for the socioeconomic development of the territory. Therefore, knowledge transfer, recognised as the third university mission, becomes a fundamental feature of development as it means that the knowledge generated can be transferred to the economic fabric.

The main available indicators associated to knowledge transfer are principally those related to the creation of patents, the generation of technology-based companies or spin-offs and university-enterprise chairs. These three indicators enable us to see an important part of the effort that universities are currently making to promote the third mission.