Invention and Software Licensing: When a company declares an interest in licensing a Lab technology, the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management licensing staff evaluates the potential for that company to successfully develop the technology and bring it to market. A desirable licensee is able to marshal the requisite financial, R & D, manufacturing, marketing and managerial capabilities and commitment. A capable and qualified licensee is critical to ensuring that technologies developed at the Lab are successfully commercialized and that the public ultimately benefits from these innovations.
Once a company is found to possess the necessary capabilities, the licensing staff negotiates a licensing agreement. Technologies may be exclusively licensed to one company, or they may be licensed to more than one company, depending upon various aspects of an invention. Licenses may also be exclusive or non-exclusive for a particular field of use or geographic region.
Conflict of Interest: It is important that Berkeley Lab inventors and licensing staff not allow their personal financial interests to influence or appear to influence the licensing decision. Inventors should be aware of the requirements of the Laboratory for disclosure of economic interest. More detailed information about LBNL’s conflict of interest policies is available at RPM, Chap. 10.
Licensees' Responsibilities: The signing of a license agreement is the beginning of a long term relationship. The licensee's performance is monitored by the Tech Transfer Department for the duration of the license and the licensee submits periodic financial and development reports to the TTD. See Licensing for more information.
Other types of IP: In addition to handling inventions and software, the Tech Transfer Department handles the licensing of other types of intellectual property. Those most commonly produced at the Lab are books and tangible research products. Tangible resarch products that will be used for commercial purposes should be disclosed on a Record of Invention form (Word doc), even if it is not patentable. If you have written a book and intend to publish it under a royalty-bearing contract, contact Tech Transfer at x6467 for assistance with the contracting process.
Material Transfer Agreements: Research materials that you produce may be transferred at no-cost for evaluation or for non-commercial research under a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). If you have tangible research materials that you would like to transfer outside of the Lab, call Cindy Chang at 495-2306 for assistance. We can also assist you in obtaining non-commercially available research materials from other institutions.