Technology transfer

Licencing and purchase of IPR

Technology transfer from research to industry is a strategic focus point for RU. The University offers companies a secure access to use inventions and technologies developed at RU.

Companies can thereby gain valuable new knowledge for a competitive advantage. This is most commonly done through either licensing or the purchase of intellectual property rights (IPR) such as patents.


RU also supports the establishment of so-called spin-off companies, on the basis of new technology and inventions within the University. Spin-off is yet another way to transfer knowledge created through university research. Economic value gets created when ideas and inventions are developed further, such as through new high-tec jobs. It also creates cooperation and investment opportunities for companies. RU currently holds a share in a number of spin-off companies.

Innovation through research

Reykjavik University is first among equals in terms of research success. RU Research Units cover knowledge in a spectrum of disciplines within science and engineering and there are already several positive examples of technology transfers from RU to society and industry, including spin-offs.


Reykjavik University is a member of two of the largest technology transfer networks in the world: ASTP-PROTON (Knowledge Transfer Europe) and the US-based AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers). Membership of these networks allows RU to learn best practises from world-class institutions.

Learn more

If you would like to know more about technology transfer activities at RU and the possibilities of licensing RU inventions and technologies, please contact:

Margrét Þóroddsdóttir, Industry Relations:

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