For simple transfers that do not involve intellectual property, the NIH recommends a simple letter agreement. For materials that can be patented or for which more protection is desired, the Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) can be used. Many U.S. educational institutions have signed the UBMTA Framework Agreement.  AUTM (formerly Association of University Technology Managers) serves as a reference for the original UBMTA master agreements and maintains the list of signatories.  UBMTA signatories only need to sign an implementation letter containing the details of each transfer, as they have already accepted all the terms of the framework agreement. Biological material (antibodies, cells, etc.) can be of considerable commercial value. Today, this material is no longer unconditionally made available to others. A.A. was developed with the aim of promoting these exchanges of crucial importance for the advancement of science. EPAs allow for the exchange of biological material between academic institutions by regulating the recipient`s rights to the material and defining the exact status of the property.
ATMs are also used by companies for the transfer of material to academic institutions, the conditions being often limiting for the academic researcher. When companies request research material from UF. Companies often request samples of research material. These applications are processed in different ways, depending on the following: the material is not patentable, the material is currently patented by UF or the material is not yet patented (or known to the public) and has possible commercial value. These types of transfers are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. An export permit is required for the shipment or transportation of certain research materials and equipment from the United States. In addition, research materials may not be exported to individuals, organizations or countries considered « limited » by U.S. authorities. For more information, see UF Export Controls, Office of Research Compliance or by phone at 352-294-1632.
If you are considering a simple transfer of hardware (including software), then you want an MTA. A.A. are legally binding agreements and can only be signed by authorized academic officials. Most ATMs have terms that bind the university. Only delegated officials have the authority to sign the university. Certain conditions define obligations of liability or compensation for which individuals do not wish to be held responsible. If an agreement is to be signed on behalf of the receiving institution, | an authorized employee of UF Innovate Tech Licensing signs your agreement on behalf of the University of Florida Administrators. Principal Investigators are not allowed to sign on behalf of the Trustees. UTA is in the process of negotiating with other popular suppliers in order to conclude more framework contracts. If we have not negotiated EPAs with a specific catalogue company and you need them, let us know and we can negotiate terms suitable for academic practice. In the area of licensing, companies may require a free license, exclusive or not for our future patent rights, which does not prompt us to file patents on the work done with their material. Addgene is a non-profit plasmid repository that allows easy distribution of plasmids to the scientific community.
A Master Deposit Agreement from the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich with Addgene simplifies the process for researchers. The distribution of plasmids by additives is usually carried out under a UBMTA, unless additional restrictions apply to the use of the specific plasmid. A framework contract from the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich with Addgene ensures a quick and easy process when ordering equipment. I want to order materials from a catalog, but if I tried to modify an order via the company`s online order form, I have to sign an MTA in the online form What should I do? Many American universities use the so-called Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) for the exchange of material between academic groups….