Forms & Agreements


Invention Disclosure Form (Word document)

Evaluation of your discovery or invention in order to determine whether commercial development is feasible and if patent protection can or should be sought.

Opportunity Assessment (Word document)

Test the Technology Readiness, Market Potential, and IP Strength of your discovery or invention


Non-Disclosure Agreement (1 Way)

Non-Disclosure Agreement (2 Way-Mutual)

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Incoming

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Outgoing

Data Use Agreement (DUA) Incoming

Data Use Agreement (DUA) Outgoing

Agreement Types

Non-disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are often used to protect the confidentiality of an invention as it is being evaluated by potential licensees. NDAs also protect proprietary information of third parties that university researchers need to review in order to conduct research or evaluate research opportunities. GVSU enters into NDAs to enable both partners to share information.

Option Agreements, or option clauses within research agreements, describe the conditions under which the University preserves the opportunity for a third party to negotiate a license for Intelectual Property.

License Agreements describe the rights and responsibilities of a party related to the use and exploitation of Intellectual Property developed at the university. University license agreements stipulate that the licensee should diligently seek to bring the intellectual property into commercial use for the public good and provide a reasonable return to the university.

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) used for incoming and outgoing materials at the university, are administered by GVSU Technology Commercialization Office, and describe the terms under which university researchers and outside researchers can share materials, typically for research or evaluation purposes. Intellectual property rights can be endangered if materials are used without a proper MTA.

Inter-Institutional Agreements describe the terms under which two or more institutions will collaborate to assess, protect, market, license and share in the revenues received from licensing jointly owned Intellectual Property.

Research Agreements describe the terms under which sponsors provide research support to the University.


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