Alongside professors at several leading law schools, Institute Director Robin Feldman has pledged for the Institute's funding to conform to the highest ethical standards.*

The following list identifies all grants, contracts, and other sources of private or corporate funding for the Institute received in Academic Year 2016-2017. No single private or corporate donor accounts for more than 10% of the Institute's budget.

Donor Gift Amount 
National Science Foundation $387,324
Hackers/Founders $50,000
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati $6,000


Donors Who Have Made Contributions Under $5,000
Baker Botts LLP
Bozevic, Field & Francis LLP
Chip Robertson (Vice Chair of Board of Directors for UC Hastings)
Cooley LLP
Frank Busch (Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP)
Glen Van Ligten (Gunderson Dettmer LLP)
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Vern Norviel (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)

Note: All other funding comes from UC Hastings and court awards.


*Beginning with the publication of the Open Letter on Ethical Norms in Intellectual Property Scholarship in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Institute has followed the protocols identified there to remain transparent about its funding.