The existence of clear intellectual property regulations and of exchange and support systems for the transfer of knowledge from the University to society, namely through spin-off, are critical to the quality of national research and innovation systems.

To identify, validate and foster the creation of spin-off companies, the University of Porto has created regulations that identify eligible types of spin-offs, giving legal bearing to the act of recognition of the company and regulating the relationship between the spin-off companies and the University. 

This recognition applies to all schools/faculties within the University of Porto and its organic units. Associated laboratories, current and former teaching staff, researchers, non-teaching staff and students may submit a request to U.Porto Innovation to have their company recognised with the U.Porto Spin-Off seal.

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