What other types of agreements and considerations apply to tech transfer?

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are often used to protect the confidentiality of an invention during evaluation by potential licensees. NDAs also protect proprietary information of third parties that University researchers need to review in order to conduct research or evaluate research opportunities. OTC enters into NDAs for University proprietary information shared with someone outside of the University. The Office of Research Contracts and Office of Research Support handle NDAs related to research contracts.

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), used for incoming and outgoing materials at the University, are administered by the Office of Research Contracts. These agreements describe the terms under which University researchers and outside researchers may share materials, typically for research or evaluation purposes. Intellectual property rights can be endangered if materials are used without a proper MTA.


Inter-Institutional Agreements describe the terms under which two or more institutions (generally two universities) will collaborate to assess, protect, market, license, and share in the revenues received from licensing jointly owned intellectual property.


Option Agreements, or Option Clauses within research agreements, describe the conditions under which the University preserves the opportunity for a third party to negotiate a license for intellectual property. Option clauses are often provided in a Sponsored Research Agreement to corporate research sponsors or Option Agreements are entered into with third parties wishing to evaluate the technology prior to entering into a full license agreement.