Outside activity opportunities are extremely varied and include, but are not limited to, outside employment, consulting, and service on a Science Advisory Board or Board of Directors. Reporting and approval requirements apply to all employees, including faculty and rehired retirees, regardless of percent time employed at LBNL; these rules also apply during periods of work deferment. To begin the request and approval process, access the online Compensation for Outside Professional Activity (COPA) form. If you would like help with the process, please review the Getting Started with a Compensated Outside Professional Activity (COPA) guide.
Important note: Written agreements between LBNL employees and outside entities require an LBNL review prior to being signed by LBNL employees. If the written agreement addresses intellectual property matters in any manner, the following language must be included in the written agreement:
“It is recognized that (1) [Consultant, Advisor, Employee] is an employee of the University of California engaged in certain work conducted by the University at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231 with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and (2) the University has rights to patents and other intellectual property arising from Consultant’s services for that work. This consulting agreement is subject to those rights notwithstanding any intellectual property obligations to contrary in this agreement. Whenever any invention or discovery is solely or jointly made, conceived, or developed by Consultant under the Consulting Agreement, the Company must promptly furnish the University and DOE with sufficient information to timely determine whether the invention or discovery is within the purview of the patent agreement executed by Consultant with the University.”