The Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) owns and manages the intellectual property, such as patentable inventions, software copyrights and biological materials (including plant germplasm), developed at Iowa State University. Our staff works with inventors on developing and executing appropriate protection and commercialization strategies for their innovations as well as licensing those innovations to industry and sharing revenue with ISU and the inventors. ISURF licenses technologies to established, Fortune 100 companies as well as to startups and small businesses in Iowa and throughout the world.
The Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer’s Industry Contracts Team negotiates research agreements with industry and commodity groups, including sponsored research, field trials, animal product testing, and technical evaluations. In addition, we can implement master agreements for such agreement types. OIPTT’s Industry Contracts Team also handles nondisclosure and material transfer agreements between ISU and companies, other universities, government agencies and other non-profits.
For more information on:
Working with ISURF
- ISURF Just in Time Series Tip Sheets
- Intellectual Property Disclosure and Record form (IPDR)
- Intellectual Property Policies
Doing Research with Industry
- OIPTT Working With Industry Tip Sheets
- Flexible Solutions
- Non-Disclosure Agreements and Material Transfer Agreements
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