Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer™



The Licensing Academy is a 10-day professional training program that is accredited by the University of California, Davis, jointly hosted by PIPRA and the UC Davis School of Law. The Licensing Academy course enters its eighth year in 2018, and represents an ideal capacity-building experience for international lawyers, technology managers, and scientific professionals in the public sector or in small to medium-sized enterprises interested in learning about and understanding successful models of U.S. intellectual property management.

During its first seven years, the Licensing Academy trained more than 270 students from over 50 countries, creating a powerful international network for the transfer of technologies created in public sector research institutions around the world.



The program includes topics such as:

  • The U.S. and international IP legal framework
  • Licensing agreements
  • IP management and protection
  • Starting and managing technology transfer offices
  • Invention commercialization
  • Technology-based startups and spin-offs from public sector institutions

Potencial Benefits


The Licensing Academy offers multiple potential benefits to its participants, including:

  • Increased knowledge of the ways that IP management can help bring their country’s innovations to market.
  • An expanded international professional network.
  • Opportunities for hands-on instruction from professionals with multidisciplinary expertise in law, science, and business.
  • Improved capability to link published research inventions with entrepreneurs in the private sector.
  • Creation of an entrepreneurial culture within public institutions.
  • Knowledge about how to approach research with commercialization as the end goal.

2018 Licensing Academy


The 2018 Licensing Academy was held from Monday, 18 June – Friday, 29 June in Davis, California, USA. Tuition was US$3,230, with a non-refundable fee of US$150. At this point, the 2019 Licensing Academy program has not yet been confirmed, but it is likely that it will be held during a similar date range.

An article highlighting the 2018 Licening Academy is available on the website of the UC Davis School of Law.

Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to participants from developing countries. These scholarships cover a portion of tuition and/or travel expenses.

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