Template Agreements

The Office of Innovation and New Ventures has templates available for a variety of agreements. Explore what the office has to offer below.

License Agreements

The office of Innovation and New Venture’s reputation for effective management of university inventions is built upon a foundation of fair, equitable and responsible licensing practices with all of its licensees. Entrepreneurs or companies wishing to explore business development opportunities based on ECU inventions must demonstrate a sound business strategy by meeting the following requirements:

  • Produce a viable commercialization or business plan
  • Secure a competent business manager, experienced in relevant research and development or commercialization activities
  • Produce development milestones that assure active progress toward product development
  • Secure resources that facilitate product development

Confidential Disclosure Agreements

Material Transfer Agreements

Consistent with academic tradition, the sharing of research materials serves to build and expand knowledge. However, the transfer of research materials carries responsibilities that should be recognized and respected by both providers and recipients of these materials.  Assurance of these responsibilities are recorded in material transfer agreements. These agreements govern the transfer of such tangible materials as biological materials (cell lines, plasmids, antibodies and vectors), animal models, compounds, equipment, software and any resulting developments or derivations of such materials. Typical terms of an MTA define acceptable use of the material, ownership of the original material and any resulting derivatives, publication rights, intellectual property rights, and liability. These agreements also serve as a valuable tool in meeting federal export control requirements for the transfer of materials among international collaborators.

One very simple MTA that is consistent with the terms of the Bayh-Dole Act was generated by the Public Health Service for exchange of federally funded biological research materials by and between academic and nonprofit research centers. The Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) streamlines the review and approval process among institutions who have signed an implementing letter for the UBMTA. For institutions that are not eligible for, or signatories to the UBMTA, ECU has developed standard terms and conditions for the sharing of research materials with both academic and industry collaborators. ECU’s Office of Innovation and New Ventures has delegated authority for negotiation and signature of MTAs. The office also has a long standing reputation for efficient handling of incoming and outgoing MTAs.

Delegations for Contract Signature Authority

Did you know that only certain ECU officials are allowed to sign contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, confidentiality agreements, licenses, options, material transfer agreements and other documents? Check contract signature authorization before signing.

Patent Agreement and Assignment

All ECU employees and graduate students must complete the Patent Agreement and Assignment form.

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