identifying and evaluating the commercial potential of intellectual property resulting from research by universities, institutes, and small- and medium-sized companies in the region
marketing intellectual property, contract research, and consulting services
searching for partners and investors
providing patent and technical expertise in the development of licenses
licensing and selling intellectual property on behalf of R&D groups
training and consulting in management, marketing, finance, law, and intellectual property rights
providing up-to-date information on regional technologies through databases
organizing exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and public presentations
Since there are no certified technology transfer specialists in the region, the university is providing training and is involved with the Eurasian Association for Technology Transfer.
Specialists at Urals State Technical University noted that there is a need for federal legislation in the area of technology transfer, building on a 2003 law affecting privatization of intellectual property rights. A national study group has been formed to assess the need for further legislation. While the role of the university community is vital at the regional level, the federal government’s role in fostering greater innovation, such as through venture capital funds and other private efforts, is equally important.
The company is a private enterprise employing about 300 people, with no external investments to support growth. It produces induction furnaces and heating systems, high-power frequency converters, and ultrasonic cleaning systems. The company participates in international exhibitions to gain insights into the state of the art and thereby become more competitive in the worldwide market. In this regard, the company conducts its R&D in-house and considers external research activities too expensive and not totally reliable. From time to time it receives small amounts of support from the government.
In Soviet times, the facility was the Central Research Institute for Scientific Engineering, designing and developing special purpose equipment, mostly for civilian applications. In the early 1990s, the plant had serious financial difficulties, but now it is on a profitable course.