Legal Framework of Technology Transfer Offices in Egyptian Universities

Odah, S.
February 2013


Countries from all over the world are realizing the importance of technology transfer; they are setting and modifying laws as well as regulations. This paper will analysis Article 7 of the Egyptian intellectual property law and discuss current regulations of technology transfer offices in Egypt’s universities. This paper will also discuss U.S Bayh-Dole Act, Indian Protection and Utilization of Public Funded Intellectual Property Bill and the German Act on Employees’ Inventions which could provide useful guidelines for modification of Egyptian Technology Transfer Offices. Egyptian University should own ownership of inventions on a condition that the university does fund all research costs and professors do use faculty resources during their working hours. In order to earn meaningful royalties, the Egyptian government should spend more on research to be worth commercialization.