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News Posted on July 10, 2015

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 fifth annual Licensing Academy in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer held June 22-July 3 at UC Davis School of Law.

Licencing Academy StudentsThe program is offered jointly between the International Law Programs and UC Davis's Public Intellectual Property Resource in Agriculture (PIPRA) program. 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. Among this year's presenters were Professor Peter Lee and King Hall alumni Randi Jenkins '02, Associate Director of the UC Davis Sponsored Programs Office, and David Jefferson '14, Law & Policy Analyst at Public Intellectual Property Resources for Agriculture (PIPRA).

"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 regional Law Firms. This year's program included 46 participants from 21 countries coming from North, Central, and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Countries represented for the first time this year include South Korea, Belgium, and Barbados. This fifth year of the program marks the participation of a total of 186 participants from 43 countries.

Enguerrand Marique is a student in the UC Davis summer International Commercial Law LL.M. Program. "I chose the Licensing Academy as an LL.M. elective course because intellectual property (IP) is one of my first loves," he says. "It has been wonderful to share ideas with people from all over the world and from many professions, especially during group work." Participating in the program has reconnected Marique with another passion: "I always wanted to do chemistry but had to choose between law and science for university. Here, I am learning there may be many opportunities for me at the crossroads of law and science." Marique received his Bachelor in Law at the Université Saint-Louis, Brussels and, in 2016, will graduate from the Université Catholique de Louvain, also in Belgium.

Dr. Anindya Bandyopadhyay received his Ph.D. in biotechnology and molecular biology and is a faculty scientist at the International Rice Research Institute Philippines. He is involved with International C4 Rice Consortium. "Worldwide," says Bandyopadhyay, "there is really no other course that tells you about IP and tech transfer at the same time, especially for professionals and scientists [without legal degrees]. This program is well-designed to take participants from what IP is, through regulatory affairs, valuation, start-up companies, and so forth. Nowadays, we cannot do science without knowing IP and allied issues. We have to understand these details."

Beth Greenwood, Associate Dean of International Law Programs, is proud of the tremendous growth of the Licensing Academy this year: "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.