Moldovan partners of the Tempus Project “Technology Transfer Network – TecTNet”, among which is also the State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI), today signed a Cooperation Agreement.
The event was held at the headquarters of JV “Topaz”, which is associated partner of the TecTNet Tempus Project.
The aim of the Agreement is long-term cooperation in innovation and technology transfer, and the establishment of a legal framework for cooperation in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises 2014 – 2020 (COSME), especially for coordinating the flow of information, providing transparency and creating synergies in innovation and technology transfer for the research - development - innovation environment in the Republic of Moldova.
The meeting was attended by representatives of project partners from the Republic of Moldova and the European Union.
In the event, AGEPI was represented by the Director General Octavian Apostol and Head of the International Cooperation and European Integration Division, Liliana Vieru.
During the talks, AGEPI Director General informed the participants about the mechanism on support for patenting abroad which was developed by the AGEPI and subsequently endorsed and approved by the Government. Thus, the inventors of the Republic of Moldova can benefit from financial assistance for patenting abroad of new technological solutions and plant varieties.
The TecTNet Tempus Project was implemented by a consortium of 11 partners from the Republic of Moldova and the European Union and aims primarily at building and developing a viable innovation field in the local universities by creating an effective technology transfer network.
The Project started on 1 December 2013 and will end on 30November 2016. Moldova is represented in the Project by four beneficiary universities: State University of Moldova, Technical University of Moldova, State Agrarian University of Moldova, and State University “Aleco Russo” from Balti.
The sustainability of the education-innovation-research knowledge triangle is also supported by the participation in this Project of the State Agency on Intellectual Property, Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer (AITT) and a local NGO “Technology Transfer Network of Moldova” (TTNM ).
Best practice transfer is provided by partner universities in the EU with extensive experience in the field: University of Sannio in Benevento (Italy), Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” in Iasi (Romania), Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) and Higher Technical Institute in Lisbon (Portugal).
Among the project results should be enumerated the implementation of a master program in innovation and technology transfer, establishment of cooperation relationships between the universities and enterprises, and the creation and development of Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) in universities of the Republic of Moldova.
To facilitate the TTO institutionalization process, AGEPI developed and made available to Universities a Model Regulations of the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Service of the enterprise, which can be adjusted by interested universities depending on their needs and profile.