Every year, Berkeley Lab holds a ceremony to distribute royalty checks and recognize Lab researchers for having their scientific inventions successfully commercialized. For FY08, the average distribution was over $9,000, and the largest check was more than $86,000.
The revenue generated from any type of license is first applied toward reimbursing the costs of intellectual property protection, such as patenting costs or copyright registration fees.
For inventions disclosed after September 30, 1997, 35% of the net income is paid to the inventors, 15% goes to the originating division for research, and 50% is used to support Lab research via the central research pool. For more on royalties see RPM section 5.05.
Remember to contact the Technology Transfer Department at TTD@lbl.gov or x6467 to discuss any research that may have produced an invention or tangible research materials that are commercially valuable.