The Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) has the mission of enhancing the research enterprise of the Berkeley campus by establishing multifaceted collaborations with companies. IPIRA reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and consists of two peer divisions: the Industry Alliances Office and the Office of Technology Licensing.
The Industry Alliances Office (IAO) works with UC Berkeley employees and companies to enable innovative research relationships, negotiating all research contracts with private industry. IAO has signed contracts with more than 800 companies worldwide.
For UC Employees
UC Berkeley's Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) catalyzes commercial and non-commercial applications of the University's innovations through progressive stewardship of the University's intellectual property (IP). The OTL spurs the commercialization of Berkeley innovations by establishing IP agreements with companies. These agreements improve those companies' ability to obtain the risky investments and resources needed to commercialize the innovations. Likewise, the OTL supports the non-commercial development of innovations at Berkeley by establishing material transfer agreements and the IP provisions of collaborative research agreements with companies and other research sponsors. The OTL also promotes entrepreneurialism on the Berkeley campus by advising faculty, researchers and students on IP-oriented matters related to research collaboration, technology licensing, faculty consulting and start-up formation.
The most frequent OTL-related activities include: