When third parties are interested in your intellectual property, written agreements are usually required to protect you and USU. Technology Transfer Services has the authority to draft and execute the following types of agreements.

Employee/Student Non-Disclosure Agreement

An Employee/Student Non-Disclosure Agreement protects the privacy of those affiliated with USU. Some types of documents and personal information are considered confidential and are not available for private use. This includes any sensitive information that may intrude on the personal lives of employees or students of Utah State.

Intellectual Property License

An Intellectual Property License is an arrangement between an institution that owns or controls intellectual property and a company that wishes to use, commercialize or otherwise gain access to the intellectual property. Licenses often include terms relating to royalties, maintenance fees, performance milestones, termination and expiration conditions, and the allocation of associated risk.

Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA)

An Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA) sets 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.

Joint Research Agreement (JRA)

A Joint Research Agreement (JRA) 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 commercialized intellectual property.

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) preserves 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.

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) preserves 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.

Request for Protected Record Status

Through a Request for Protected Status form, a document may become confidential and unavailable for public viewing. This is to protect trade secrets, sensitive business information and privacy of financial information. The information or document will be given a protected status if the request is approved.


Request an Agreement or Form

To request a form or agreement, submit a request or contact Christian Iverson at (435) 797-9620 or