On March 1, 2018, the Innovation and Partnerships Office split into the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the *Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO).
IPO’s Core Functions
IPO activities are vital to Berkeley Lab’s continued engagement in research and technology transfer to benefit society and the U. S. economy. The office’s core functions include
- handling invention and software disclosures from evaluation through patent protection / copyright as appropriate
- identifying and engaging with potential licensees capable of developing Berkeley Lab technologies for the marketplace
- executing exclusive and non-exclusive licenses and options to Lab-developed technologies with established businesses of all sizes and startups
- executing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and material transfer agreements (MTAs) to advance research and industry partnerships
- developing complex intellectual property management plans (IPMPs) and interinstitutional agreements (IIAs) critical to protecting Berkeley Lab’s intellectual property while Berkeley Lab participates in multi-party research and consortia
IPO also connects Berkeley Lab researchers with regional and national training and resources to develop their research for greater impact on society. IPO supports Berkeley Lab researchers whether their interests are in creating startups (entrepreneurship) or in developing technologies with industry partners while remaining at the lab (intrapreneurship).
*SPO handles collaborative research contracts and grants along with inter-lab work orders for both federal and non-federal research partners. SPO is currently managed by the Office of Laboratory Counsel.
IPO’s Science-Area Based Teams
- Computing Sciences
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Energy Sciences
- Energy Technologies
- Physical Sciences
IPO's Functional Teams
Business Case and Commercial Interest Assessment, IP Bundling, Targeted Partner Outreach
User Facility Agreements, Gifts, Pre-contract Award Management for SPPs and CRADAs