Socially Responsible Licensing

An intellectual property management strategy spearheaded by UC Berkeley, known as the Socially Responsible Licensing Program (SRLP), stimulates support of the university's research and maximizes societal impact of the resulting discoveries. The UC Berkeley Office of Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) institutionized the SRLP strategy.


To learn more see:

  1. Partnerships & IP Management Strategies in Global Health presentation at Johns Hopkins Open Science Week, 2019.
  2. Panel Brochure describing selected projects.
  3. SRLP Guidance and Clauses offering guidance and model clauses from UC Berkeley's Socially Responsible Licensing Program.
  4. Patents for Humanity Award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for development of an antimalarial drug in partnership with industry. See images from the awards ceremony.
  5. Research Patently in the Public Interest about UC Berkeley's Socially Responsible Licensing Program from December 2005.
  6. Nature Article by Erika Check, Nature Vol.(23) November 2006, entitled, "Universities Urged To Do More ForPoor Nations".
  7. Breakthrough Business Models:  Workshop summary (see pages 71-78) describing IPIRA's approach at Berkeley to tech transfer, Institute of Medicine Drug Forum.
  8. Malaria, Science and Social Responsibility - Article by Bennett Daviss, The Scientist Vol. (42) 2005. 
  9. Samoa to benefit from AIDS drug - Article by Harvey Black, The Scientist.com, Oct. 01, 2004.
  10. Landmark agreement between Samoa and UC Berkeley could help search for AIDS cure - Article by Robert Sanderson, Berkeley, Sep. 29, 2004.
  11. Bootstrapping Via Philanthropy Article by Vivien Marx in Chemical & Engineering News Vol. 83, No. 1, pp. 18 Jan. 2005. 
  12. Tech Transfer White Paper Authors Hope to Spur Debate, Socially Responsible Licensing Article by Ben Butkus, BioTechTransferWeek March 19, 2007.
  13. African Staple Crop Gets a Boost - also see Africa Harvest summary. 
  14. Project summary of a PDP (as of 2010), see publication #1 for update.
  15. Highlights of UC Berkeley's Socially Responsible Licensing Program.
  16. Poster - with selected examples.
  17. University of California Licensing Guidelines updated in 2012
  18. Offer of a "Public License" to tuberculosis patents from UC Berkeley, based on a Creative Commons license initiative (administered by GreenXChange).  
  19. Launch of antimalarial drug a triumph for UC Berkeley, Synthetic Biology

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