University/Industry Relations

UC Berkeley is uniquely positioned to combine basic with applied research. Our breadth of top-tier programs including in engineering, bio-sciences,  business and law provide a powerful platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. 

The Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) provides a "one-stop shop" for industry research partners to interact with the campus. IPIRA's mission is to establish and maintain multifaceted relationships with private companies, and thereby enhance the research enterprise of the Berkeley campus. These relationships include sponsored research collaborations, and intellectual property commercialization, i.e. technology transfer.

IPIRA is comprised of two divisions: the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), and the Industry Alliances Office (IAO). OTL handles the patenting and licensing of intellectual property generated by Berkeley research. The Industry Alliances Office is responsible for negotiating contract and grants with industrial partners. Together they work to enhance cooperation between the campus and industry and to ensure the optimal and appropriate transfer of intellectual property generated by Berkeley researchers into products and procedures enhancing private enterprise and public benefit. IPIRA's goal is to maximize the benefits of Berkeley’s research to the economy and quality of life in the Bay Area, the State of California, the nation, and the world.

IPIRA works closely with all segments of the campus community in brokering and facilitating industry-sponsored research support and development; working to overcome obstacles to these relationships; and ensuring they remain consistent with the University's mission of education, research and public service.

IPIRA provides a one stop service for both faculty and industry on

  • industry affiliate program agreements
  • industry sponsored research agreements
  • material transfer agreements
  • data use agreements
  • patent and copyright licenses
  • intellectual property protection and licensing
  • outreach to industry
  • start-up company licensing, equity agreements
  • resources for startups

In performing its functions, IPIRA works closely with the campus Sponsored Projects Office on research contracts and grants; and with the campus Corporate and Foundation Relations Office on industry gifts to research.