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Technology Transfer Overview

What is Technology Transfer?

The founding purpose of KAIST was to link science and industry and for science and technology to be applied, grow, and develop. Technology transfer is a pillar that fulfills this role and our research output being transformed into products and is aiding public and social economic development.
Technology transfer is generally defined as the transferring of discovered knowledge to the public. This type of transfer may occur through publications, educated students joining the workforce, exchange through conferences, or links with industry. However, in this guidebook, technology transfer is defined as the technology transfer to a 3rd party, under the guidance of the university, research institution, or employees of businesses working actively in various fields for this type of activity.

Primary Regulations of University Technology Transfer

University Technology Transfer Principle

  • Patents and technology developed at the university is preferentially transferred to domestic small and medium sized businesses.
  • Granting of non-exclusive rights is considered first.
  • Rapid technology proliferation is prioritized over income from transferring technology.

Important details for the university regarding the conclusion of a technology transfer contract [Technology Implementation Contract and technology fee Regulations]

  • Section 5 (Request Contract) If the chief of research and actual user, through preliminary consultation, decide the possibility of successful commercialization, an initial technology implementation contract conclusion written request form will be sent to the department in charge of the technology transfer contracts (hereinafter “Department in Charge”) with the preliminary consultation result including their opinions.
  • Section 6 (Preliminary Review) ① In the case of transferring rights during the technology implementation contract, the transferring of rights will undergo review by the Technology Commercialization Committee (hereinafter Committee)
  • Section 7 (Retainer) ① At the time of the contract the actual user will deposit at least 10 million KRW as a retainer, but the amount may be adjusted by the chairperson of the committee. ② In the case of a dormant patent, the duty to pay the retainer and its amount will be determined after consultation with the actual user.
  • Section 9 (Conclusion of a Contract) The department in charge will set the technology fee payment conditions with the actual user and receive approval from the associate vice president of the Office of University-Industry Cooperation before concluding the contract.
  • Section 20 (Date of Payment) ① If the technology fee was deposited using cash, the inventor or the person carrying out research must submit the “technology fee Incentive Individual Allocation Form” and the technology fee incentive must be paid within one month of the submission of this form.

What is the purpose and what benefits are given to the Professor (Chief of Research) for participating in technology transfer?

Although each researcher may have different reasons, the following will probably be included.

  • To make a positive influence on society
  • To feel a sense of achievement
  • To receive recognition and monetary benefits for their research
  • To earn extra research funds for the department or research center
  • To satisfy duties listed on the research contract
  • To gain interest from research sponsors
  • To create educational opportunities for students
  • To provide employment opportunities for students

How is Technology Transferred?

Generally the transfer of technology is dependant on locations that permit the 3rd party use of KAIST’s intellectual property rights through an agreement of a specific technology or field. Such approval may or may not be exclusive. Furthermore, the recipient of the technology transfer (the 3rd party that will receive the technology) can be a startup or a previously established company. The license includes actual conditions that must be fulfilled or requires payments the company must make to KAIST. Such payments will be shared with the inventor and are also allocated to each department and research institution to support education and participation of future technology transfer procedures.

What does the Technology Commercialization Center Support?

The Technology Commercialization Center is an organization of KAIST consisting of experts in legal matters, business development, and technology transfer. All experts have abundant experience in technology, including but not limited to the fields of natural science, biological science, and information technology. These experts manage new technologies developed in KAIST laboratories and take on the role of transferring such technologies.

Technology Commercialization Center Division of Duties

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Name Technology Field Duties Phone(Ext.) E-mail
Oh Seung Hwan ICT
Software
Discover Technology, Establish Patent Strategy, Technology Marketing, Conclude Contracts 2971 / 4150 sho@kaist.ac.kr
Kim Hee Tae Biochemistry 2974 / 4150 sekos@kaist.ac.kr
Seo Moon Jong Mechanical Materials 2973 / 4150 mjseo@kaist.ac.kr
Park Ho Cheul Electrical Electronics 4795 / 4150 parkhc590@kaist.ac.kr
Park Sung Jun Display Semiconductors 4791 / 4150 james.park@kaist.ac.kr
Choi Bong Geun Common Statistic Management, Contract Management, Technology Fee Management 4793 / 4150 bkch@kaist.ac.kr

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