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News Posted on February 19, 2016

UC Davis School of Law and Public Intellectual Property Resource in Agriculture Present Intellectual Property Licensing Academies

Licencing AcademyUC Davis School of Law and UC Davis's Public Intellectual Property Resource in Agriculture (PIPRA) program are collaborating to offer training academies on intellectual property and technology transfer for lawyers, technology transfer officers, academics and inventors. Academies will be offered in Latin America and the United States.

The first session will begin on March 1 at the Northeast Center for Biological Research (CIBNOR) in La Paz, Mexico, where participants will spend two weeks exploring U.S. models of intellectual property and licensing. This third annual Academia de Transferencia y Comercialización de Tecnología para las Américas, taught entirely in Spanish, will explore the issues surrounding intellectual property and technology transfer from a uniquely Latin American perspective.

Then on June 20, the English edition of the Licensing Academy in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer--the program out of which the Mexico academy has grown--will be held for its sixth year at UC Davis School of Law. This program takes a global perspective and serves participants from as nearby as UC Davis itself and from as far away as Asia, Africa ,and the Pacific Rim. Since the launch of the English academy in 2011, the two UC Davis Licensing Academy programs have educated over 250 students from more than 50 countries.

Speakers at both academies include UC Davis professors and world-class IP managers, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. The June program also features talks by intellectual property managers and technology transfer officers from Innovation Access, program managers from Corporate Relations and the Graduate School of Management, and leaders from other campus partners as well as IP professionals from Silicon Valley and Sacramento.

"A core aspect of our mission," says PIPRA Executive Director Alan Bennett, "is making the world a better place, and we mean that. These programs help spread constructive practices for innovation management to improve lives." Beth Greenwood, Associate Dean of International Law Programs, is proud of the tremendous success of the Licensing Academy over the years: "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."

An unusual feature of both academies is the large proportion of participants coming from emerging economies who receive scholarship support to attend, through funding from organizations including the Organization of American States (OAS), the Mexican agency CONACYT, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and other sponsor entities. Scholarships are still available for the June program.

For more information about the Licensing Academy, its scholarships and other International Law Programs, visit or contact Kate Asche at or (530) 757-8569.