Archives of Technology Transfer Service, TT

Identity Statement [Top]

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Archives of Technology Transfer Service, TT


1998 - Present

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

306 items, 15 boxes, 1 linear metre

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Technology Transfer Service

Administrative history

In 1988 the CERN Industry and Technology Liaison Office (ITLO), directed by O. Barbalat, was founded to stimulate interaction with industry and to assist in issues related to CERN's intellectual property. It was formed as part of the Services of the Director General.

In 1994 the Directorate Service Unit (DSU) was created including the Offices of the Director General and Services from Head of the Administration including ITLO Group.

In 1997 F. Bourgeois became the new TT group leader of ITLO.

In 2000 the CERN Industry and Technology Liaison Office (ITLO) was renamed the Technology Transfer Service and moved to the newly created Education and Technology Transfer Division (ETT). J. A. Rubio was appointed Divisional leader and TT group leader.

In 2002 J.M. Le Goff became the new group leader.

In 2004 ETT Division was discontinued and the Technology Transfer Service joined the Directorate Service Unit (DSU), part of the Director-General's Services and under the authority of the Secretary General.

In 2009 C. Parrinello became head of Knowledge & Technology Transfer group (KTT).

In 2010 T. Lagrange was appointed KTT group leader.

In May 2011, the activities of the Technology Transfer group moved to Finance, Procurement and Knowledge Transfer Department (FP). G. Anelli became head of Knowledge Transfer group.

* Source: TT Home Page

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from J. M. Le Goff, C. Parrinello, G. Anelli, Technology Transfer Service

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

The CERN TT activities are aimed at maximizing the technological and knowledge return to the Member States and promoting CERN's image as a centre of excellence for technology. The main TT activities are the following :

  • Technology assessment and intellectual property protectionTechnology analysis is a procedure to evaluate the potential of the CERN technologies and where they can be applied in the market. This involves the advice of specialists and technical experts, and intellectual property associated with CERN's technologies may be protected. Intellectual property includes industrial property, inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs and copyright.
  • Technology promotion : CERN's technologies are promoted through conferences, industrial workshops, meetings, posters, flyers and brochures. Promotion requires a prior study of the potential application in the relevant industries.
  • Technology dissemination : CERN's dissemination approaches correspond to different stages in the lifecycle of a technological development: TT Research and Development collaboration projects on one hand and the commercialization of CERN intellectual property on the other. Technology dissemination demands a formal framework, such as agreements (licenses, collaborations and projects), that corresponds to the maturity of the technology concerned and the readiness of the acquirers.

The items in this collection include collaboration agreements, contracts and patents concluded with States, International or National organizations.

* Source: Annual reports

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Items are received regularly. Classification plan (following the original order of the files).

CERN-ARCH-TT-01 Technology Transfer (TT) agreements, originals of contrats
CERN-ARCH-TT-02 Technology Transfer (TT) patents
CERN-ARCH-TT-03 Technology Transfer (TT) cases, including Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
CERN-ARCH-TT-04 Pre-Technology Transfer (TT) cases Non Disclore Agreement (NDA)
CERN-ARCH-TT-05 External network
CERN-ARCH-TT-06 Internal network and Technology Advisory Board
CERN-ARCH-TT-07 Promotional events (electronic versions)
CERN-ARCH-TT-08 Memoranda (chronological order)
CERN-ARCH-TT-09 Abandoned patents
CERN-ARCH-TT-10 Brochures Knowledge Transfer

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English and some is French.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archive Database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 22 May 2007, Revised 2007, 2014.