A “shrink-wrap” or “zip-lock” material transfer agreement is one that accompanies delivery of a product and essentially states by opening the package the recipient accepts the terms of the material transfer agreement that is enclosed within the package. These agreements may also be called license agreements. The agreements may be problematic for several reasons:
· Principal Investigators do not have authority to agree to terms than bind the University.
· The terms, such as indemnifications, limits on publishing, ownership of data and research results, ownership of derivative intellectual property, and so forth are often unacceptable to the University and the Principal Investigator.
Upon receipt of a product containing such an agreement, the Principal Investigator should immediately consult with the University Authorized Official (AO).