“KITT”, which stands for Knowledge and Innovation Technology Transfer is a “machine” designed to do two things:

  1. Instill Technology Transfer knowledge; and
  2. Support the set-up of sustainable institutions in developing countries.

 

The concept behind this “machine” is:

  1. Find a developing country that is needs to boost its technology transfer capacity.
  2. Identify partners within the country.
  3. With their help, identify candidates to be put in the “machine.”
  4. Pursue discussion with partners regarding their needs, while candidates receive IP/TT education.
  5. Address these needs together with the candidates.
  6. Upon the candidates return to the home-country, support them with the set-up of the TTO.
  7. Quality control – follow-up meetings and conferences.

 

Putting the moral and social validity of such a model aside, we should pursue it because:

  1. It fits with the International Technology Transfer Institute’s (ITTI) and Franklin Pierce Law Center’s (FPLC) mission.
  2. It seems to answer for the current needs of developing countries.
  3. It has potential in generating a steady body of students.
  4. It promotes a positive U.S. image around the globe and does more to promote our economy and our national security than the use of traditional foreign policy tactics.
  5. Whether KITT manages to satisfy any of the above points or all of them, it promotes ITTI’s name and credibility, and therefore FPLC’s as well.