Upenn Material Transfer Agreement

For more information on authorizing hardware via a technology transfer account, see our master deposit contracts below. After a scientist initiated a plasmid deposit at Addgene, Addgene generates a deposit and distribution agreement that details the materials present in the deposit. Check out our filing page for more information on Plasmiden`s filing. Wistar has established a policy for the distribution of organic materials. All applications for the transfer of biological materials outside Wistar (including to academic colleagues and staff) must be submitted to the Office of Business Development`s Authorization. Some biological materials may require a material transfer agreement (MTA) prior to transfer. Avoiding scope requirements: problems arise when institutions try to over-subordinate their interests in an invention with scope requirements [6]. These concepts pose a problem not only with regard to intellectual property policy, but also from a negotiating point of view and may delay the implementation of a final agreement. These conditions are almost impossible to impose and therefore have only a limited advantage. An anti-scope policy should apply to all MTAs – research institutes should be very careful with terms that are usually attached to research materials shared by industry. Similarly, institutions should not be tempted to introduce decision-making arrangements in ODA, even if they are only trying to promote access to research instruments.

While it is common in all forms of licensing agreements with industry to retain materials rights for further research, it is difficult to emphasize an expanded set of research rights with derivative materials. Indeed, such a provision of the initial MTA for the allocation of European resources within IKMC was considered extremely problematic for international partners [6]. Systemic problems arise with respect to the filing of MTA or MTAs that share a resource with members of a consortium, which must be imposed by the host institute on behalf of the original institute. In this scenario, the receiving institution does not enjoy direct benefits, but is contractually required to assert rights on behalf of another institution. If Penn State-owned documents are sent to the facility/company, the Penn State MTA is required to be executed.