The EPFL encourages the transfer of research results to the economy through technology transfer and exclusive or non-exclusive licence agreements. Such agreements are negotiated individually.

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Internal procedures and signatory power

Licence agreements and other technology transfer agreements are subject to the approval of the TTO; the agreements are then signed by the professor heading the lab which generated the technology and the head of TTO. The TTO is responsible for the management of the licence agreements.

Inventors and laboratories are entitled to a share of the income received by the EPFL as a result of the commercial exploitation of inventions by companies.