International technology transfer – best practices and lessons learned

Technological cooperation between Europe and third countries has intensified over the past years. The European Commission has stimulated cooperation through various initiatives such as the participation in EC founded projects (like the International IP SME Helpdesks or the EU-Japan Techonology Transfer Helpdesk) or the opening of multiple European Enterprises Network offices around the world. 

Software protection in Brazil and Mexico

GIS – Gestão Integrada de Seguros, is a Portugal-based SME with more than 30 years of experience in the development and commercialization of software products for the insurance market. GIS enjoys a well-established commercial and implementation network which extends to Spain, France, Poland and Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Attracted by Latin America as a key market for its software products and services, GIS decided to expand its business to Mexico and Brazil, by means of local partnership.

Technology Transfer in Brazil


Technology transfer plays a relevant role in the growth of companies. It allows EU SMEs to find a way to exchange or acquire high-quality research and cutting-edge technology with outstanding research organisations. This Factsheet gives you an overview of what you need to know before signing a tech transfer agreement with Brazilian partners.

Technology Transfer in Chile and Colombia

A young group of Dutch researchers created a start-up company called “LinkBro” within the field of telecommunications. The core of the business focused on a new payment technology for mobile phones, which was protected after filing an international application in the Netherlands Patent Office under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

After attending a technology fair in Latin America, the EU company received a generous purchase offer from a Chilean company and a request for licensing from Colombia.