Current Initiatives


Academia de Licenciamiento

The Academia de Transferencia y Comercialización de Tecnología para las Américas is the Latin American counterpart to the PIPRA/UC Davis Licensing Academy. While the Academia also focuses on capacity-building in the areas of IP management and technology transfer for public sector institutions, it does so from a uniquely Latin American perspective. To date, two iterations of the Academia have been held, in 2013 and 2014, at the Northeast Center for Biological Research (CIBNOR) in La Paz, Mexico. The course will enter its third year in March 2016. In contrast to the Licensing Academy in Davis, the Academia is taught entirely in Spanish.

The objective of the Academia de Licenciamiento is to develop high yielding human resources surrounding technology transfer and commercialization activities, especially in the areas of IP, technology valuation, business models, technology commercialization, generation of spin-off companies, management of investment and innovation funds, and venture capital. Furthermore, the Academia seeks to bolster cooperation, shared experience, and successful case studies in an international context, but with an emphasis in Latin America.

During its first two years, the Academia de Licenciamiento trained more than 70 students from over 15 countries creating a powerful international network for the transfer of technologies created in public sector research institutions in LATAM.

The Academia de Licenciamiento is jointly organized by CIBNOR, PIPRA, the Organization of American States (OAS), and CONACYT Mexico.

The Academia is sponsored by the Secretary of the Economy of Mexico, the Government of Canada, and CONACYT Mexico, and the Organization of American States (OAS).

Additional support is provided by the UC Davis School of Law, RedInnovaNet, REDOTT, the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

For more information, please refer to the Informational Brochure from the 2014 Academia de Licenciamiento.


In 2013, the National Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (INIAP) of Ecuador initiated a relationship with PIPRA to carry out a project entitled “Strengthening INIAP’s Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Management Capacities.”

The core objectives of the program are to strengthen the dimensions of:


Human Capital by promoting the generation of knowledge and skills in INIAP’s researchers, technology managers, lawyers, and professionals in IP management and technology transfer.


Structural Capital, by creating institutional IP policies and procedures, manuals, guides, databases, and systems that will contribute to the implementation of IP and technology transfer management skills in the region.

To realize these objectives, PIPRA has already carried out various activities with INIAP.


Capacity-building workshop surrounding the use of contractual tools in research contracts, licensing agreements, material transfer agreements, and negotiation strategies. INIAP headquarters, Quito.


Training workshop for researchers and technical staff surrounding best practices in the maintenance of laboratory notebooks, strategies for patent searches in public databases, and a general vision of the role that public sector research institutions play in technology transfer. Santa Catalina Research Station.


Needs assessment of the existing capacities surrounding intellectual property management, commercial licensing, and technology transfer in INIAP, via a survey with a sample of over 275 research personnel in the 7 INIAP Research Stations. Publication of a final report with recommendations.


Training workshops for researchers and technical staff surrounding best practices in the maintenance of laboratory notebooks, strategies for patent searches in public databases, and a general vision of the role that public sector research institutions play in technology transfer. Litoral Sur & Central Amazónica Research Stations.


In the coming year PIPRA will survey the existing technologies generated by INIAP and select the best candidate for commercialization, carrying out an IP landscape analysis, and commercialization and marketing studies.


Center for Advanced Studies in Food Security-Agriculture at the University of Agriculture at Faisalabad, Pakistan

In June 2015, the governments of Pakistan and the United States announced the launching of centers for advanced studies (CAS), which constitute partnerships between world-class Pakistani and U.S. universities dedicated to providing solutions for Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges. The program is funded by an investment of US $127M from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The CAS partnerships include links between the Pakistani National University of Science and Technology and Arizona State University to create two centers for energy research; the University of Jamshoro and the University of Utah to create a center for water; and the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and the University of California, Davis to create a center for agriculture and food security.

As a component of the 5-year CAS initiative co-managed by the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) and UC Davis, PIPRA is providing support in the form of capacity building programs in the areas of intellectual property (IP) management, technology transfer, and the formation of public-private partnerships.

In November 2015, PIPRA will convene a 2.5-day workshop on campus at UAF, focused on providing a sophisticated understanding of the role of IP management and technology transfer in academic research institutions, to promote agricultural innovation and regional economic development. It is anticipated that 40 technology transfer officers and scientific researchers from UAF will attend the workshop.

Additionally, PIPRA has created a month long internship program for key UAF technology transfer office staff. Through this internship, PIPRA will host UAF personnel at the organization’s offices at UC Davis for several weeks. During the course of the visit, UAF professionals will gain deeper knowledge about IP protection and management of intellectual assets, as well as about the structural and operational processes related to technology transfer activities undertaken by UC Davis.

Through its involvement in the CAS initiative, PIPRA hopes to help to enhance the impact of UAF’s research programs in Pakistan’s agricultural and economic development, as well as the capacities of its scientists in processes of agricultural and biotechnology innovation.