sharing & innovation/OpenMTA FAQs for Institutions
What is the Open Material Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA)?
What will the OpenMTA accomplish?
- eliminate or reduce transaction costs associated with access, use, modification, and redistribution of materials;
- provide an avenue for researchers and their institutions to be credited for materials and data made openly available;
- support collaboration among researchers across institutional and international boundaries
- facilitate translation of biotechnologies developed with public or philanthropic funds into commercial products and services that benefit all people and the planet;
- promote access to materials for researchers in less privileged institutions and world regions.
Why use the OpenMTA (instead of no MTA at all)?
As a result, when no MTA is used the restrictive terms of the UBMTA apply even when researchers wish to share their materials freely. By comparison, the OpenMTA allows researchers to share their materials on an open basis by specifying terms for access, attribution, reuse, redistribution and nondiscrimination.
Are signatories to the OpenMTA limited to academic and nonprofit institutions?
If my institution becomes a signatory to the OpenMTA are we obligated to transfer all materials under OpenMTA terms?
Does the OpenMTA include protections for my institution?
Does the OpenMTA require that my institution provide warranties?
Does the OpenMTA include implied licenses?
Does the OpenMTA include a covenant not to assert patent or other intellectual property rights?
No, the OpenMTA does not include a non-assertion covenant.