Establishment of the Baltic TTO Network
March 25, 2022
The rectors of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Universities have signed the Baltic Technology Transfer Office (TTO) Network Cooperation Agreement.
Since 2016, WIPO has been supporting the Baltic universities' TTOs by providing human capital capacity building in the field of IP. WIPO's long-term technology transfer project in the Baltic States resulted in the signing of the Baltic TTO Network Cooperation Agreement on March 25, 2022, paving the way for a new start for the Baltic TTO Network and new opportunities for future cooperation.
The virtual signing ceremony was organized by WIPO in collaboration with national TTO Networks and IP offices. About 50 participants, including high-level representatives of WIPO, IP offices, universities and TTOs attended the event.
Assistant Director General, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, Mr. Marco Aleman, commended the efforts and milestones achieved through the joint work so far. “Today we are celebrating the establishment of a regional infrastructure with the legal framework and associated human capital that will be able to support the growing regional ecosystem and economic growth”, he added.
The Agreement was signed by Mr. Mait Klaassen, the Rector of Estonian University of Life Sciences, on behalf of the Estonian TTO Network; Ms. Irina Pilvere, the Rector of Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, on behalf of the Latvian TTO Network; and Mr. Eugenijus Valatka, Rector of Kaunas University of Technology, on behalf of the Lithuanian TTO Network.
In their celebratory speeches, the Rectors emphasized the importance of the Baltic TTO Network, which has become the regional forum for sharing information about technology transfer development. They also highlighted the aim of the Baltic TTO Network to promote knowledge and technology transfer among research and development institutions, businesses and the public sector. In order to achieve this goal, it is expected that events will be organized in cooperation with the Baltic universities, to inform the public about the nature of technology transfer and to offer better access of research institutions to foreign networks and partners.
The signing ceremony of the Cooperation Agreement will be followed by the official launch of the Network, as well as by the signing of an MoU between WIPO and Baltic TTO Network in October 2022.