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Office of Technology Commercialization

The ORSP is responsible for management and protection of the intellectual property assets of the university. Our mission is to help turn scientific discovery into tangible products by evaluating disclosures for its patentability and potential commercial possibilities. We work with inventors to develop a licensing strategy and actively recruit companies that might be interested in the invention.

If successfully licensed, royalties collected through licensing provide funding for the inventor's department and colleges as well personal shares for the inventors themselves. Although patentable inventions do constitute most of our licensing activities, we also handle copyrights (software), Confidentiality Agreements, and Material Transfer Agreements. UTPB refers matters of this nature to UT System where more appropriate expertise is available.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Research at 432-552-3533

Export Control

What Is a Material Transfer Agreement (NDA)?

 Material Transfer Agreements are used to document the transfer of a drug or material from one entity to another--either to transfer a drug or material away from our laboratories or to receive a drug or material into our laboratories. We refer to these as "University Transferring" and "University Receiving," respectively.

Utilize one of the standard Material Transfer Agreements to document University Transfers. We generally do not recommend substantive alterations to these standards be accepted. On the other hand, most University Receiving Agreements involve editing the provider-submitted agreement.

Use this Checklist to analyze provider agreements to conform them to the requirements of the Regents' Rules and Regulations regarding intellectual property. As an FYI, The University of Texas System sister Institutions executed a Master Material Transfer Agreement, as between all fourteen sister Institutions, to streamline the transfer of materials between the sister Institutions.

UTPB refers matters of this nature to UT System where more expertise that is appropriate is available.  Click to view   UT System Material Transfer Agreements templates

What Is a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

A non-disclosure agreement is a legally binding contract that establishes a confidential relationship. The party or parties signing the agreement agree that sensitive information they may obtain will not be made available to any others.  An NDA may also be referred to as a confidentiality agreement.

Non-disclosure agreements are common for businesses entering into negotiations with other businesses.  They allow the parties to share sensitive information without fear that it will end up in the hands of competitors. The NDA serves a purpose in a variety of situations. NDAs are generally required when two companies enter into discussions about doing business together but want to protect their own interests and the details of any potential deal. 

In this case, the language of the NDA forbids all involved from releasing information regarding any business processes or plans of the other party or parties. NDAs are also commonly used before discussions between a company seeking funding and potential investors.  In such cases, the NDA is meant to prevent competitors from obtaining its trade secrets or business plans.

UTPB refers matters of this nature to UT System where more expertise that is appropriate is available.  Click to view UT System Non-Disclosure Agreement templates.