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Licensing Academy in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Please note: The Licensing Academy Program will not be offered in summer 2020. Please check back for information about summer 2021.

This two-week program has been developed for international lawyers, technology managers and scientific professionals in the public sector or small-to-medium enterprises who want to understand successful U.S. models of intellectual property management. Participants will learn strategies and tactics for managing intellectual property (IP) that maximize the commercial success and public benefit of their research and development investments.

The course will cover topics* such as U.S. and international IP protection, IP management for commercialization, licensing, IP issues in negotiating an international agreement, starting IP and technology transfer offices, start-ups and spin-offs from public sector institutions. To reinforce classroom presentations, the program will be based on lectures, hands-on case studies and field visits to Silicon Valley, Napa or to the greater Sacramento area.

This unique course is hosted by the UC Davis International Law Programs and Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA). Lecturers include world renowned instructors from the UC Davis School of Law and other prominent law schools, outstanding legal practitioners and business experts representing major U.S. firms. This program designed for lawyers and non-lawyers to attend together.


This program draws law school faculty from the University of California, Davis, as well as outstanding legal practitioners and business and technology transfer experts representing local, regional, national and international technology transfer-related organizations, companies and legal firms.


This program will not be offered in summer 2020; please check back for information about summer 2021.


Classes are held at the University of California, Davis School of Law.


  • Non-refundable application fee*: U.S. $150

  • Tuition*: U.S. $3,275 (Enroll by May 1 to receive a U.S. $100 discount toward your tuition.) Please note: Space is limited in this unique program. In order to serve the maximum number of students each summer, a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500 is due by May 11, 2019 to keep the student’s space reserved in the program. The tuition balance and any other fees (which may include visa shipping or health insurance) are due on or before the first day of the course. 

A limited number of partial and/or full scholarships may be available for participants from developing countries, to cover tuition and/or for travel. Please note that partial scholarship recipients are subject to fee policy above; full scholarship recipients are not.

* Topics, dates, and tuition and fees subject to change.

Certificates and Credits

  • All participants will receive a certificate of attendance if they attend class regularly. Participants who wish to take the course for credit can request an official transcript upon successful completion of course requirements and a final exam.

  • Four quarter units of academic credit may be applied toward the Licentiate in International Transactions Involving the United States.

Hotel Information

Because on-campus dormitories are not available during this program, rooms for program participants are held at a special rate at Hallmark Inn, a comfortable hotel within easy walking distance of the classrooms. For more information, please contact Hotel cost starts at $1,005 per person (subject to change) for double occupancy with another program participant.

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