According to the latest Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents (2016) announced by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, CityU was ranked first in Hong Kong and 54th worldwide with 43 US patents issued. As of early February 2018, CityU has a total of 357 patents granted and 356 patents pending.
While trying to maintain this reasonable position in the effort in developing intellectual property (IP), CityU is also committed in playing a significant role in technology transfer in Asia. As the gateway to learn and explore IP opportunities in Asia and Greater China, the AUTM* Asia conference was successfully held in Hong Kong in late April 2017, and the Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) of CityU was the chair of the organizing committee. About 600 attendees and luminary speakers including Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Professor Dan Shechtman participated in the conference.
The event included a one-day pre-conference Technology Transfer workshops, a two-day conference and a day-trip to the techno-preneurship ecosystem in Shenzhen which is known as the Silicon Valley of China. In the Presidents Forum, university leaders, including Professor Lu Jian, CityU Vice-President (Research and Technology), shared their views on meaningful measurements of success for university technology transfer effort, and their observations on the entrepreneurship developments in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Leveraging on the success of the conference, CityU drives to bring more long term impacts on Hong Kong’s technology transfer community through building connections with AUTM, as well as organising more seminars and training programs to Hong Kong, in order to be the knowledge transfer hub in Asia.
*Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is the non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession. It has more than 3,200 Technology Transfer members from more than 300 leading universities and research institutions worldwide as well numerous business and government organisations.