Seven Somewhat Non-Standard Suggestions For Negotiating University IP Rights Agreements

By Michael Alvarez Cohen

Michael Alvarez Cohen

University of California

This year (2015), I completed my 100th intel-lectual property (IP) rights agreement for UC Berkeley (UCB). My most recent agreement is an exclusive license to a UCB spinout for three sensor-related technologies. That agreement was completed in about 30 days. About half of my UCB agreements were with startups; and the technologies that I’ve licensed include battery technologies, biofuels, medical devices, nano materials, photovoltaics, sensors, semiconductors, software, and biomimetic technologies. In reflecting on these agreements, I offer the following seven slightly non-standard suggestions for negotiating university IP rights agreements.

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