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Learn about the agreements that support Dalhousie-industry partnerships.

This section covers:

  • An overview of the partnership agreements that support university-industry collaborations.

  • An overview of the partnership agreements that support technology transfer.

  • Detailed descriptions of the processes and timelines involved in the creation of each partnership agreement.

  • Downloads for related templates/forms.

  • Related university policies.

Partnership Agreements

The agreements that support tech transfer, commercialization, and university-industry partnerships include:

  1. Standard Form Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDAs)
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    A contract used to establish a confidential relationship between all parties. Confidential conversations are often an important pre-cursor to a potential partnership. An NDA enables those who participate in the conversation to freely share information.

  2. Research Collaboration Agreement
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    A contract that formalizes a research partnership between a Dalhousie researcher and an industry partner. Discovery-based research activity and its associated intellectual property is central to achieving the goal of the partnership.

  3. Service Agreement
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    A contract that formalizes partnerships aiming to validate existing knowledge that an industry partner already has before entering the collaboration. Testing is the most common example of a service agreement.

  4. Intellectual Property Transfer Agreements (ITPAs)
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    There are two IPTAs. The traditional IPTA is an agreeement used when a researcher decides to assign the IP of an invention to the university for the purposes of patenting, technology transfer, and commercialization. The IPTA for Spinoffs is an agreement used when a researcher wishes to have a startup commercialize their invention.

  5. License Agreement
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    Used in cases of tech transfer and commercialization, this contract grants an industry partner a license (exclusive or non-exclusive) to use Dalhousie-owned IP under negotiated terms & conditions.

Related University Policies and Other Resources 


Intellectual Property Policy

  • Generally speaking, the university operates on a creator-owned IP practice* which allows researchers to decide whether or not to assign IP to the university or maintain full ownership rights themselves. *An official university IP policy is expected by the end of the 2020/2021 academic year.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Service Agreement Guidelines