When third parties have an interest in USU IP, written agreements are generally required to protect USU's interests. The Intellectual Property Services Office has authority to draft and execute the following types of agreements (see Contract Signature Authority and Delegation Policy 528):

  • Non-Disclosure Agreement ("NDA")- An NDA is an agreement used to preserve the confidentiality of a party's information. At USU, NDAs are often executed prior to USU having substantive discussions and meetings with another party where non-public, patentable, or otherwise sensitive information will be discussed.
  • Material Transfer Agreement ("MTA")- An MTA is an agreement used to perserve the rights of a party transferring materials to another party. MTAs are generally used at USU when research materials are being transferred from the university to another research or commercial institution, or vice versa.
  • Joint Research Agreement ("JRA")- A JRA is an agreement that outlines the collaborative research and commercialization plans of two or more parties. JRAs are often executed at USU when two institutions win a research grant that is likely to result in commercializable intellectual property.
  • Inter-Institutional Agreemetn ("IIA")- An IIA is an agreement that sets forth the conditions and cost sharing of filing, prosecuting, and commercializing a patent application when multiple institutions have contributing inventors. IIAs are most often employed when USU and another institution jointly develop and, as a result, jointly own intellectual property.
  • Intellectual Property License- An intellectual property license is an arrangement between an institution that owns or controls intellectual property and an institution that wishes to use or commercialize or otherwise gain access to the intellectual property. Licenses often include terms relating to royalties, maintenance fees, performance milestones, termination and experation conditions, and the allocation of associated risk.

Requesting an Agreement:

To request any of the above agreements, please send an email with the following information to

  1. A brief description of the purpose and subject matter of the agreement (e.g., beginning and end dates, materials or information to be protected, description of the research project, etc.)
  2. The name and address of counter party.