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Introduction

JoTTO (www.jointto.it) is the Joint Technology Transfer Office of IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa and the Scuola Universitaria Superiore of PAVIA (IUSS).

In its 2013-2015 Program, Ministery of University, Education and Research funded some projects aiming at promoting administrative synergies among centers or offices belonging to different universities.

The first agreement among IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa was signed on October 1°, 2015 and was provided with a specific agreement about the management of technology transfer activities.

The Scuola Universitaria Superiore of PAVIA joined JOTTO on April, 1° 2017.

JoTTO relies on the complementary technology transfer experience and scientific knowledge of the four Schools. Its goal is to identify new promotional strategies for the exploitation of research results, by means of protection of intellectual property, development of start-up and collaboration with enterprises and corporations.

JoTTO promotes the direct application, enhancement and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of society, by means of a common strategy involving:

  • intellectual property management in international or national projects or in research agreements with other partners;

  • exploitation and dissemination of university research results, encouraging their use in enterprises and corporations;

  • strengthening the relationships with enterprises and corporations making available new technologies, knowledge, research personnel and equipment;

  • supporting teachers and researchers in pointing out productive and commercial implications of their inventions/discoveries, including the creation of new "spin-offs" companies.

It will be possible for teachers, researchers, students and companies to take advantages of JOTTO asking for advise about protection of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, design, copyright, know-how) and creation of Start Up (business idea identification, support to the accreditation process).

JOTTO activities are usually the following:

- protection of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, design, copyright, know-how);

- spin off creation;

- promotion of collaborations between entrepreneurs and researchers (research projects, joint labs, licensing);

- consulting on the topic of technology transfer management, dissemination and exploitation of research results, everything that has to do with the so-called Third Mission of the university.

Moreover JOTTO is also engaged in training activities on the topics of intellectual property protection and entrepreneurship, especially by means of courses and workshops targeted to academic researchers, academic staff and entrepreneurs