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News Posted on June 19, 2014

King Hall Hosts Successful Licensing Academy in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Lawyers, technology transfer officers, academics and inventors from all over the world travelled to King Hall to explore U.S. models of intellectual property and its licensing during the fourth annual Licensing Academy in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer held June 2-13 at UC Davis School of Law.

The program is offered jointly between the International Law Programs and UC Davis's Public Intellectual Property Resource in Agriculture (PIPRA). Speakers include UC Davis professors as well as intellectual property managers and technology transfer officers from Innovation Access, program managers from Corporate Relations, and other campus partners as well as world-class lawyers and entrepreneurs.

"A core aspect of our mission," says PIPRA Executive Director Alan Bennett, "is making the world a better place, and we mean that. This program helps spread constructive practices for innovation management to improve lives."

An unusual feature of the academy is the large proportion of participants receiving scholarship support to attend, through funding from organizations including the Organization of American States (OAS) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This year's program included 30 participants from 20 countries, including Chile, Pakistan, Nigeria and Thailand. Countries represented for the first time this year include Canada, Uruguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

Bonnyface Opia came to the program from Nigeria to understand the intellectual property ecosystem in its entirety. "So many people," says Opia, "think IP is purely a legal issue. What is so important for me is the knowledge I am gaining of IP issues that goes beyond the legal. It has been a sacrifice for me to attend this program, but I know it is worth it. If I had known a few years ago what I know now, I would have made different choices as I bring my invention to market."

Carolina Roa Rodriquez, Colombian by birth, comes to the program from Mexico. As a consultant and previous senior intellectual property counsel and manager at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Rodriguez says the program is filling in important gaps. "Though I have worked around technology transfer, I am not a technology transfer person," she says, "so there are certain concepts from the business side that I have been missing. I knew nothing about patent valuation, for example, and that is powerful knowledge to have."

Beth Greenwood, Executive Director of King Hall's International Law Programs, is proud of the vitality of the Licensing Academy: "The International Law Programs are so pleased to see our partnership with PIPRA growing as we expand the global reach and academic breadth of the Licensing Academy year by year."

For more information about the Licensing Academy and other International Law Programs, please visit law.ucdavis.edu/international or contact Kate Asche at lawinfo@ucde.ucdavis.edu or 530-757-8569.