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License Agreement Definitions & Documents

The following downloadable templates of our standard licensing documents and forms are meant for your review, but are not applicable to every technology license. When we develop a license for a particular technology, we consider the details of the technology, the licensee, and any specific requirements we may have (Bayh-Dole reporting, export control restrictions, etc.) These documents are meant as learning tools and should not be considered an offer, as each document must be customized for every specific licensing situation.

Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA)

The first step in discussing our technologies is often contacting the Technology Marketing Manager and discussing non-confidential summary information. After that, we may choose to initiate a CDA. CDAs, also known as Non-Disclosure agreements (NDAs), are used to maintain confidentiality between the parties when confidential information is shared. Confidential information includes unpublished patent applications, unpublished scientific data, etc. Non-confidential information that may be shared without a CDA agreement includes published patents, published research articles, and marketing summaries.

Word DocCDA-NDA Request Form [Word]

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTAs are utilized when you would like to have a copy or version of our materials transferred to your lab for further evaluation or development. The MTA defines ownership of the materials and any modifications or derivatives that you may make, confidentiality to protect intellectual property rights for both parties, and the rights to inventions and research results derived from the materials.

Word DocMTA Request Form [Word]

License Application

As part of your demonstration of commitment to the proposed license, we may ask you to complete a License Application. This application outlines your proposed plans for commercialization. This demonstration of your business case and plans for the technology allows us to develop the initial draft of the Term Sheet.

Word DocLicense Application Template [Word]

Term Sheet

The Term Sheet is a non-binding document that captures the business terms of an agreement between a company and the University around a particular technology.

Word DocTerm Sheet Template [Word]

Sponsored Research Agreement

Often times, you’ll want to work directly with UMN researchers to continue or begin development of a particular technology. This type of developmental work can be accomplished under a Sponsored Research Agreement. Such agreements are negotiated through a different University office called Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA).

Research Highlight

HoneyCrisp Apples

HoneyCrisp Apple

UMN Professor Jim Luby and research scientist David Bedford introduced the Honeycrisp to the public in 1991. They are part of a program that has developed 23 apple varieties since 1908; each new variety takes about 25 years to develop. Despite being scientists, Luby and Bedford practice a technique for developing apples that looks a lot like old-fashioned match making. They take one apple variety that, on its own, might be lacking and combine with another, possessing strengths that the first lacks, with hopes of a fruitful union.

At any given time, the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station has hundreds of apple varieties, or cultivars, growing. It's part of Luby and Bedford's job to taste them all, sometimes as many as 500 in a day. They're in search of fruit that brings together a troika of characteristics: appearance, flavor and texture. And when they find an apple, like the Honeycrisp, that has all these, it becomes a candidate for cloning. To date, the University of Minnesota has sold more than 3 million Honeycrisp trees, and a portion of revenues go back into the fruit breeding program to develop new varieties.


Story from the AUTM Better World Report