Technology Transfer Centre

The Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) was established on 1 January 2008 as an output of the project "Technology Park and Technology Transfer Centre at TBU in Zlín" co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. The project is aimed at creating conditions for the development of efficient cooperation between research teams at TBU in Zlín and the application sphere, in order to extend and accelerate the transfer of knowledge from research units to industry.

The Technology Transfer Centre provides comprehensive professional services related to legal protection of research results and their fast and efficient transfer to business to researchers at both Tomas Bata University in Zlín and in co-operating companies. The services include:


  • Counselling related to the utilization of R&D results
  • Recommendation of suitable legal protection (utility model, industrial design, trademark, patent)
  • Provision of methodical guidance to patent originators during the submission of invention patent applications

Analyses of industrial legal status

  • Investigation into the novelty of knowledge, patent search
  • Assessment of patent situation and patent analyses
  • Analysis of patent restrictions (material, regional, time limitations)

Patent and trademark attorney services

  • Elaboration of applications (utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, patents)
  • Submission of applications
  • Dealing with administrative issues (applications for patent investigations, changes, prolongations, etc.)

Direct representation of clients before the following authorities:

  • Industrial Property Office (Czech Patent and Trademark Office)
  • European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Office for Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)  

Services related to technology transfer

  • Licensing negotiations and contracting
  • Negotiations with patent attorneys and offices both in the Czech Republic and abroad
  • Transfer of experience, knowledge and know-how
  • Educating researchers in the field of intellectual and industrial property protection

Application of intellectual property rights and legal protection of intellectual property at TBU in Zlín

The process of application of intellectual property rights and legal protection of intellectual property at TBU are described in the Rector’s Directive SR/13/2011 “Application of Intellectual Property Rights and Legal Protection of Intellectual Property Arising from R&D and Creative Activities of Students and Staff of TBU in Zlín”.  

Activities of TTC at TBU in Zlín

  1. TTC carries out specialized work done by patent attorneys for TBU – preparation and submission of applications for registration of industrial property rights on behalf of TBU and the subsequent activities aimed at acquisition and maintenance of legal protection.
  2. TTC actively participates in the implementation of provisions of the Rector’s Directive No. SR/13/2011, in particular:
  • Keeps records of proposed subjects of industrial property protection (hereinafter referred to as “Records”)
  • Receives the proposed subjects of industrial property protection incl. the relevant documentation (hereinafter referred to as “Proposed subjects of industrial property protection”)
  • Assesses the eligibility of subjects of industrial property protection for legal protection
  • Submits the relevant documents (proposed subjects of industrial property protection incl. assessment) to the Rector of TBU
  • Receives the decisions made by the Rector and ensures the relevant legal protection of industrial rights
  • Prepares (in case the Rector gives his/her consent) supporting documents for legal registration of subjects of industrial property protection on behalf of Tomas Bata of University in Zlín
  • Prepares and sends a notification about the decision on the proposed subjects of industrial property protection to the relevant originator
  • Receives the information on an upcoming publication of a subject of industrial property protection and, according to the nature of the issue, gives its opinion on the matter
  • Arranges for the registration of licence agreements concluded by TBU at the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic
  • Ensures the registration of transfers of industrial rights owned by TBU and cooperates in the preparation of contracts