Inventor Office Hours

Need help? Come visit our new Inventor Office Hours at Stanley Hall. Individual licensing and industry sponsor officers from IPIRA will be holding office hours at Stanley Hall by appointment. Whether you are a first-time or serial inventor, we are excited to hear about your latest research and help you identify the best path to commercialize your invention and/or facilitate corporate sponsor and research funding on your behalf.

Past office hours topics have spanned:

  • • Commercial assessment of inventions
  • • Startup formation advice
  • • Overview of funding sources
  • • How to attract research sponsors
  • • Understanding the technology transfer process
  • • Intellectual property protection and inventor rights
  • • Patenting process

To schedule a meeting, please email ipira@berkeley.edu and the appropriate officer will be in touch.


Errol Arkilic is a Founder of M34 Capital. M34 is an investment company that focuses on seed and early-stage projects being spun out of academic and corporate research labs. Typical investments range from $50,000 to $250,000 and usually represent the first outside capital deployed. M34 focuses on turning science projects into companies across a broad spectrum of technologies and geographic distributions. He is also a Founder of USRCA.org, a nonprofit with a focus on entrepreneurial education for science and engineering graduates.

Location: 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 1000, Berkeley, CA

Dates: First Thursday of each month, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

To sign up, email IPIRA@berkeley.edu

Rob Schock has over 30 years of senior management from Fortune 100 companies to Silicon Valley start-ups. As Chief Financial Officer, Rob has installed management control systems, created business models, run accounting departments, designed compensation programs, and managed investor, bank and auditor relationships. Rob is currently a part-time CFO at Picture Marketing, and a founding member of the Venture Consulting Group (“VCG”), a network of executives providing consulting and management services to early stage and emerging technology companies. Rob served as a mentor for Keiretsu Entrepreneur Academy, and UC Berkeley Haas Business School’s and UC Davis Business School's Annual Business Plan Competitions.

Location: 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 1000, Berkeley, CA

Dates: First and third Tuesday of each month, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

To sign up, email iao@berkeley.edu

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