Intellectual Property Protection

Intellectual property (IP) refers to a category of intangible property rights comprising primarily patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets. IP laws and frameworks play a central role in protecting the creative output of university research. 

After creating, discovering, or authoring something unique with potential commercial or research value, ACT QUICKLY.

REPORT INNOVATIONS as early as possible so the UC Berkeley IPIRA Office of Technology Licensing can provide assistance with patent and copyright filings. These disclosures will be kept confidential.

Protect innovations before publishing an article describing the invention or publicly sharing the information, and before other parties have a chance to file.

If you have questions, contact an OTL licensing officer or the IPIRA Concierge.

After submitting a disclosure, you will receive an email with your disclosure's case number and the name of the licensing officer who will work with you on assessing the commercial potential of your innovation.