The University of Vienna`s template for when you send materials is available for downloading (see below). When you are receiving materials other institutions may ask you to use their own template. “For the most commonly used MTAs, there are in particular two restrictions on material transfer, which are often neither useful nor desired,” Kahl explains. First, the transferred materials would not normally be shared with third parties. Second, any commercial use is expressly prohibited. The latter is stated by UBMTA as follows: “If the Recipient desires to use or license the Material or Modifications for commercial purposes, the Recipient agrees, in advance of such use, to negotiate in good faith with the Provider to establish the terms of a commercial license.” This does not necessarily preclu her commercial use. Herzog explains: “If we want to use commercially a material that we received with a UBMTA, we need to talk to the supplier.” Maronde smiles at the question of what he thinks of the reach through conditions imposed on Klausen. He himself worked in a company for a few years and he knows how it goes. “These are usually small companies that set up such MTAs and try to compensate for their non-existent research services,” says Maronde. In his experience, companies were always trying to get rid of intellectual property, that is, ideas. “Universities are protecting themselves now,” Maronde says. Just as Klausen immediately turned to Max Planck`s innovation, Maronde would have been advised by Innovectis, a subsidiary of Goethe University, which is also responsible for technology transfer. Otherwise, Maronde also recommends obtaining the equipment in case of emergency, if possible, from another source where the MTA is more satisfied.
If you are planning to send or receive materials from other laboratories, research centers or companies, this should be formalized with a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). A Material transfer agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations when the recipient intends to use it for his own research purposes. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the rights and obligations of the recipient with respect to the materials and any progeny, derivatives, or modifications. Biological materials, such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids, and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials, but MTAs may also be used for other types of materials, such as chemical compounds, mouse models, and even some types of software. Three types of MTAs are most common at academic institutions: transfer between academic or research institutions, transfer from academia to industry and transfer from industry to academia.