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 and the appropriate officer will be in touch.

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, Berkeley

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

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