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Commercialization Agreements Defined

  • Confidential Disclosure Agreements 

    For sharing or receiving confidential unpublished/nonpublic information with or from outside organizations.

  • Patents

    For protecting intellectual property rights in inventions developed at UT Southwestern in the United States and abroad.

  • License Agreements

    For granting a company the right to make, use, or sell an invention developed at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

  • Options

    For granting a company an option, to be exercised in the future at the company’s discretion, to a license (see above) to a UT Southwestern invention.

  • Startups/Equity Deals

    For evaluation of a technology or family of technologies for the potential to sustain a startup enterprise and the negotiation with venture capitalists, strategic investors, and other resources for business development. 

  • Consulting Agreements

    Outside employment must be reviewed and approved for consulting relationships between UT Southwestern faculty and commercial entities. Responsibilities necessary to carry out obligations under consulting agreements may not use UTSW time, facilities, or resources. Consulting agreements are personal agreements between faculty and companies, and must therefore be approved as outside employment. See the UT Southwestern Medical Center Outside Employment Policy.

Questions about Commercialization Agreements?

Contact the Office for Technology Development.