Explore how your research can have a greater impact on society.
The Intellectual Property Office leads the Lab’s efforts to bring your science solutions to the world through the following services:
Our attorneys work with you to draft and prosecute patents for inventions and to secure copyrights for software and schematics.
We communicate your latest innovations with industry to encourage their licensing. We negotiate licenses on your behalf, and distribute royalties to you and the Lab community.
NDAs and MTAs
We support your non-disclosure and material transfer agreement (NDA and MTA) needs.
Training and Funding Opportunities
We run Berkeley Lab’s Innovation Corps (BLIC), which works with the Haas School of Business, UCB, and partners to present training courses, expert speakers, and networking opportunities to the Lab’s entrepreneurial researchers. We also share funding opportunities to help commercialize your research and inventions.
Did you know
LBNL earned a royalty income of over $2.5 million from licensed technologies and software in FY18? 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.
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number of new inventions / software disclosed to IPO in FY18 by Berkeley Lab researchers
Patents issued for LBNL technologies in FY18
Patent applications filed by IPO’s patent attorneys in FY18 to protect Berkeley Lab intellectual property