The Bio Base NWE partnership herewith provides leads to guidance documents related to:

  1. Intellectual Property Management
  2. Non-Disclosure
  3. Material Transfer Agreements

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the recommended readings are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Bio Base NWE project partners and participants.

1. Guidance documents regarding Intellectual Property Management

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property service. WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. More info and guidelines from WIPO can be found via the following url:

The European Patent Office (EPO) belongs to the European Patent Organisation (EPOrg). More info about and guidelines from EPO can be found via the following url:

The IPR helpdesk provides support for IPR issues primarily regarding participation in FP7 and Horizon2020 projects. It lists a number of interesting publications regarding IPR, and thus it runs a help line where specific questions can be asked (free of charge) with written answers within 3 working days. 

The Government body responsible for granting intellectual property rights in each European country, can be found on the EPO webiste. The websites of the offices of North-West European countries are listed below:

Some recommended reading to get a first insight into IPR management:

2. Guidance documents regarding non-disclosure

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is also designated a confidentiality agreement (CA) or a secrecy agreement (SA). It is a legal contract that allows companies to discuss non-public business information, as it is an agreement not to disclose received information to third parties, and not to use this information without the consent of the provider. An NDA can restrict both parties from using the information (mutual NDA), or it can restrict a single party (one way NDA).

The IPR helpdesk provides examples of non-disclosure agreements (one-way non-disclosure and mutual non-disclosure agreements). Also the intellectual property office in the UK provides some examples on its website.

3. Guidance documents regarding material transfer agreements

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is used for the exchange of physical R&D materials. It is a legal document that states the terms and conditions of the transfer. The National Health Institute of the USA (NIH) posted different examples on its tech transfer website. These forms are used by numerous universities in and outside the USA. These MTA's are meant for exchanging materials for research purposes only. In the case that the material is exchanged between company and a service provider that will use the material to fulfill the service, it is advisable to include an 'Obligation of confidentiality and non-use' clause that explicitly states that the material can only be used for the agreed purpose. Examples of this can be found in the 'Terms and Conditions' of analysis labs.