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2017 International Conference on Technology Transfer


In 2017, the Fundamental Science and Technology Act will be amended; similarly, the Company Act may undergo considerable amendment. According to Chen Liang-gee, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), amended laws and regulations will stipulate that competent units and authorities should place equal emphasis on supervising and counseling when conducting management. The competent units and authorities should consider the overall system framework to jointly create a management structure that can effectively serve as a first line of defense against related problems and disputes. Specifically, the goals are to increase technology transfer efficiency, address the uncertainties of institutions regarding the relaxation of laws, and ensure that researchers who work in institutions developing innovative applications are not exposed to legal risks because of these uncertainties.

 Photo of the VIPs and speakers at the event; the members in this photo, from left to right, are Joung Yuh-Jzer (Director General of the STPI), Katharine Ku (Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University), Nancy A. Federspiel (Associate Director of the SPARK Program, School of Medicine, Stanford University), Chen Liang-gee (Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan), Wang Yeong-her (President of the NARLabs), Carol Mimura (Assistant Vice Chancellor of IPIRA, University of California at Berkeley), and Paul Liu (Chairman of the Cornerstone Intellectual Property Foundation).

SPARK Taiwan—directed by the MOST and implemented by the STPI—held the International Conference on Technology Transfer: Reducing Uncertainty in the Institutional Environment on May 22, 2017. The speakers invited were from Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, both of which have been reputed for their technology transfer achievements and extensive management experience. Domestic scholars and experts who have paid attention to the subject of technology transfer were also invited to discuss and share the valuable management experience they had gained in academic and research-industry-related technology transfer.

Minister Chen Liang-gee giving an opening speech: “Changing the Mindset for Policy-making and Institutional Actions under the Innovation Ecosystem”

In the opening speech, Minister Chen noted that although technology transfer is only a part of the process of transformation from research to practice, it plays a crucial role in that process. Upholding the spirit of creating an innovative ecology, the MOST has vigorously promoted the LEAP Program in recent years to select and send talented Taiwanese individuals to famous schools such as Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as to renowned institutions or companies in Silicon Valley and around Boston (e.g., Intel, IBM, and NVIDIA) for field study. In addition, to meet the demands of talented individuals overseas as well as Taiwan’s professional, academic, and research industries, the MOST has implemented the Leaders in Future Trend (LIFT) program, which promotes exchange of experience and information related to new technology, to assist capable overseas Taiwanese in bringing their talent back to Taiwan.

Moreover, to build an innovative and startup-friendly legal environment, the MOST will actively promote amendments to several articles of the “Fundamental Science and Technology Act.” Government departments will also monitor and strengthen the management capacity of institutions to respond to the newly built system environment. At the end of the opening speech, Minister Chen urged the managers and employees of institutions engaging in technology transfer to think creatively, be practical, and have the courage to change. These parties are additionally encouraged to rapidly and positively respond to changes in an effort to maintain the core values of universities and fulfil public accountability in the overall interest of society.