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Tech Transfer


Every year, Berkeley Lab holds a ceremony to distribute royalty checks and recognize Lab researchers for having their scientific inventions successfully commercialized. 

In FY13, licensed inventions and copyrighted software and books earned royalties of over $2 million. After patenting costs are reimbursed, 50% of net royalties are pooled to fund Berkeley Lab research. The Lab’s Innovation Grants, for example, use these central funds to support inventions that show strong commercial promise, yet need specific development to demonstrate the competitive value to potential customers, investors or industry.The research divisions in which licensed inventions were developed receive 15% of the net royalties, and the researchers themselves earn a 35% share. In FY13, 126 Berkeley Lab inventors received a total of over $683,000.

Recipients present for the FY13 royalties ceremony are pictured below:
(From l-r): Robert Cheng, Ted Chang, Steve Holland, Erik Page, Paul Alivisatos, Arie Shoshani, Pavel Afonine, Jay Keasling, Dominique Loque, Duo Wang, Peter Zwart, David Bailey, Nathan Hillson, Christian Kohler, Steve Selkowitz, Ling Zhu, Andre Anders, Paul Adams, Horst Simon, Ashok Gadgil, Nigel Moriarty, Joanna Chen, Jeffrey Warner.

The revenue generated from any type of license is first applied toward reimbursing the costs of intellectual property protection, such as patenting costs or copyright registration fees.

For inventions disclosed after September 30, 1997, 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. For more on royalties see RPM section 5.05.

Remember to contact the Technology Transfer Department at or x6467 to discuss any research that may have produced an invention or tangible research materials that are commercially valuable. 

Last updated: 06/10/2014