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How does a corporation become a partner?
Christopher Brooks, 25 Jan 2008
Last updated: 27 Oct 2008

The CHESS corporate partners are listed on the Corporate Partners page.

The Chess Center is interested in forging meaningful relationships with industry and small business, please Membership in CHESS for more details.

To become a corporate partner, a corporation must sign up for one of levels listed below, sign a contract and pay the corresponding fee.

Affiliate Not less than $75,000 per year Affiliate membership includes the following benefits:
  • Invitation to periodic reviews of CHESS.
  • Access to selected internal CHESS websites.
  • Access to publications, reports and presentations by CHESS researchers.
  • Access to students and faculty in CHESS.
  • An annual research report of the activities of CHESS.
  • Advance notice of intellectual property created by CHESS.
  • Intellectual property access as defined in the agreement. (See Appendix C(1))
Small or Minority-Owned Business Not less than $10,000 per year All of the benefits of an Affiliate
Partner Not less than $150,000 per year All of the benefits of an Affiliate, plus the following:
  • Opportunity to nominate a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of CHESS on an annual basis.
  • Opportunity to place visitors, as Visiting Industrial Fellows (VIF), at the University using the process identified in section I. VIF appointments are subject to standard University of California policies; see section I of the CHESS Membership Agreement for further information.
  • Company may request VIF status for additional people, and CHESS will review and provide approval conditions.
  • Selected early access to software developed by CHESS. When possible, and for software projects within CHESS that use networked version control systems (such as CVS) for collaborative software development, early access to pre-release development versions of the software is available.
  • Intellectual property access as defined in the agreement. (See Appendix C(2) of the CHESS Membership Agreement)
Premium Partner Not less than $300,000 per year All of the benefits of a Partner, plus the following:
  • Intellectual property access as defined in the agreement. (See Appendix C(3) of the CHESS Membership Agreement)
  • No more frequently than once per year, if requested by the company a private research review meeting at the University or at a mutually agreeable site. Travel and related expenses for the participants, if any, will be covered by the individual Premium Partner.
If your corporation is interested in joining CHESS,
please email Christopher Brooks(cxh (at) eecs dot berkeley dot edu).
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