Office of Research and Project Administration
The Offices of Technology Transfer, in cooperation with The Center for Entrepreneurship proudly present: F.I.R.E. in November.
Giving Away the Farm—Why Material Transfer Agreements Matter in a University Setting
Please join us in the latest installment of the F.I.R.E. (For Inventors, Researchers, and Entrepreneurs) Series.
You need a chemical compound for the research you are conducting. The company that owns the material agrees to provide it to you free of charge. All you need to do is sign the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) that they provide. It seems like a reasonable arrangement, so you send off the signed agreement. What you didn't realize was that the agreement prohibits you from publishing your findings, sharing your results with peers, or continuing your research efforts. Everything you discovered and had hoped to discover in the future now belongs to the company who provided you with their compound "at no cost." Our conversation this month explores what you need to look for—and what you need to look out for—in that seemingly innocent MTA.
Our presenter this month will be Jennifer F. Miller, JD from Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. Ms. Miller is an associate in the Intellectual Property Department at Ballard Spahr and a member of the Electrical and Communications team and Software and Business Methods team in the Patent Group.
Please note that this is a free event, but a minimal fee for parking will apply if necessary. Seating is limited, so we request that attendees kindly pre-register no later than Noon Tuesday, 10 November 2009 by calling 585.784.8856, or by emailing David Englert. Event parking will be available either in the Kornberg Lot, or in the parking ramp.
Refreshments will be provided before the presentation, but are not allowed within the auditorium.
Where: the Class of '62 Auditorium (CC G-9425)
Please contact David Englert in the