The Office of Innovation and New Ventures has templates available for a variety of agreements. Explore what the office has to offer below.
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
- ECU and Other Institutions Agreement for Disclosure of Confidential Information
- ECU and Industry Agreement for Disclosure of Confidential Information
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.
- Incoming Materials: Any incoming research materials requiring signature of an MTA should be directed to Innovation and New Ventures.
- Outgoing Materials: Any transfer of ECU research materials to entities outside of ECU should be accompanied by an MTA.
- Agreement for the Transfer of Materials Between ECU and other Institutions
- Agreement for the Transfer of Materials Between ECU and Industry
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.