Explore how your research can have a greater impact on society.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) is directly engaged in each step to move your invention off the bench and into a world waiting for new technology solutions.
IPO is the starting point for reporting new Berkeley Lab technology or software and requesting non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and material transfer agreements (MTAs) with contacts outside the lab.
If you’re new to technology transfer at LBNL – or need a refresher – check out IPO’s FAQ for Researchers – Inventions and Software and FAQ for Researchers – Non-Federal Partnerships. These pages provide an overview of these tech transfer processes plus contacts for your division. Policies and related forms covering the Lab’s Intellectual Property Acknowledgement, Conflicts of Interest, and Export Control are posted on this website for your convenience. Go to the Lab’s Conflict of Interest webpage for more details regarding Conflict of Interest in Licensing, Consulting, or Outside Employment.
Entrepreneurial researchers interested in startups or engaging with industry partners can develop lab-to-market skills through IPO-managed training such as DOE’s Energy I-Corps and learn more about funding opportunities and entrepreneurial activities at LBNL and throughout the Bay Area.
Did you know
LBNL earned a royalty income of nearly $2.6 million from licensed technologies and software in FY17. After reimbursing patent costs and other fees, revenue generated is first applied toward reimbursing the costs of intellectual property protection, such as patenting costs or copyright registration fees, 35% of the net income is paid to the inventors, 15% goes to the originating division for research, and 50% is used to support Lab research via the central research pool.
number of new inventions / software disclosed to IPO in FY17 by Berkeley Lab researchers
LBNL technologies assessed for commercialization potential in FY17 by IPO’s science area-based teams
Patent applications filed by IPO’s patent attorneys in FY17 to protect Berkeley Lab intellectual property