Track D

D5 Understanding MTAs: What Are the Terms and What Can You Do About Them?

Track: Nuts and Bolts of Technology Transfer

Target Audience: Advanced

Janet Shepler, Ph.D., J.D., Dartmouth College

Halina Dziewit, J.D., Lathrop & Gage
Jane Massey Licata, Ph.D., J.D., Licata & Tyrrell PC

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are important documents that technology transfer professionals must deal with daily. While significant progress has been made in regards to standardization of such agreements between not-for-profit institutions, the primary challenge lies in managing MTAs between universities and the industry. This session will focus on university-industry MTA agreements. Technology transfer professionals need an understanding of the scope and import of these terms in order to prepare for negotiations and facilitate informed decisions on whether or not to proceed with an MTA. We will provide attendees with practical suggestions to help determine what is important for given circumstances. Join this session and learn how to negotiate better terms in reasonable and fair agreements. 

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