Introduction

The technology transfer program of the University of California (UC) integrates a range of activities carried out throughout the system to facilitate the commercialization of promising early stage technologies that arise during the course of research. These activities are guided by the University of California Patent Policy, which encourages the practical application of UC research for the broad public benefit and outlines the responsibilities of the faculty, staff, and others in using the patent system and pursuing the licensing of University technology.

This Annual Report is divided into three parts. Part I has a systemwide focus. It presents an overview of developments in the UC technology transfer program as a whole and covers patenting, licensing, and financial trends for the system. The measures provided reflect the activity of the systemwide Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) and five campus-based licensing offices at Berkeley (UCB), Irvine (UCI), Los Angeles (UCLA), San Diego (UCSD) and San Francisco (UCSF), that managed portions of the University’s portfolio of patentable inventions for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997. Separate activity and financial information is provided for the UCB, UCLA, UCSD, and UCSF licensing offices because they were responsible for all aspects of invention patenting and licensing. Activity at UCI was limited to marketing and licensing selected inventions and is reflected within the OTT data.

In contrast to the Systemwide focus of the first section of the Annual Report, Part II focuses on the campuses. It includes technology transfer activity and financial data for each of the nine UC campuses and provides brief analyses of factors affecting individual campus performance.

Part III of this Annual Report covers the technology transfer activities of the three DOE Laboratories managed by the University. Information on DOE Laboratories is reported separately because certain aspects of technology transfer activities at the Laboratories differ as compared with the rest of the University. Among these differences is the reporting period which covers a fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.

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