The Business Contracts Office provides service to all University campus departments and units. Note that the Business Contracts Office does not furnish services to individual faculty members, staff or students.
The Business Contracts Office helps campus customers with non-research business contracts, including agreements associated with business relationships for strategic alliances, intangible rights and business intellectual property licenses, and revenue generating business opportunities. For more information, see: Business Contracts Office: Roles & Responsibilities. In contrast to the Business Contracts Office, Procurement Services works with campus departments in the acquisition of common goods and services, including the purchase and/or lease of tangible personal property. See Purchasing Contracts for more information on the types of contracts which are considered purchasing rather than business contracts. Procurement activity typically involves an expenditure of funds governed by California Commercial Code and public contracting regulations. Services acquired include professional services and common services.
The Business Contracts Office is governed by a separate and specific signature delegation from the President of the University to the Chancellor of the Berkeley campus and further delegated to the Business Contracts Administrator of the Business Contracts Office, "to execute various service agreements required with outside organizations, agencies and individuals to implement approved programs and activities, whether the university is the supplier or recipient of the service covered by the agreement." This BCO delegation is not used for transactions that are governed by other campus signature delegations.
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