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Policy: Conflict of Interest in Licensing

Laboratory inventors and licensing staff must not allow their personal financial interests to influence or appear to influence their or other’s University licensing decisions.  As an inventor, you may be invited by the Licensing Professional to work with him or her and potential licensees to effectively commercialize Berkeley Lab inventions.

Because inventors may have the opportunity to influence licensing decisions in ways that could lead to personal gain or give advantage to companies in which they have a financial interest, inventors must disclose their financial interest in companies with which the licensing professional is negotiating a license.

The Technology Transfer Department’s licensing staff will provide you with a copy of the TT 100–LBNL disclosure form when negotiations begin with a company interested in licensing your invention.  You must complete and return this form in a timely manner, as the licensing review and approval is dependent upon it. 

The economic disclosure will not be required in the cases of multiple non-exclusive licenses offered on identical terms to all licensees.  A typical example of this would be software licensed under a standard agreement to anyone or any company.

Policies and Laws Concerning Conflict of Interest in Licensing:

Berkeley Lab has developed a process to address federal, state, and UC requirements regarding conflicts of interest in the licensing context.  See the Process for Conflict of Interest Review for Licensing for details on how the Lab manages potential conflicts of interest in licensing.

Last updated: 09/17/2009