Forms that protect IP rights

Forms are available below or at the MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO), Room NE18-501

Please use the online disclosure form to submit invention disclosures or to request a waiver of MIT’s ownership rights.

If you have any questions regarding these forms, please call 617-253-6966 or stop by NE18-501 for more information.

Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreements (IPIA)

Consistent with federal regulations (35 U.S.C. § 206 (the “Bayh-Dole Act”), 37 CFR 401), sponsored research obligations, and MIT IP Policy, everyone who can participate in research at MIT (i.e., faculty, research staff, students) must sign the IPIA. Persons who have signed an IPIA that was drafted prior to April 10, 2010 must sign an updated version. Contact the TLO to learn more.

Undergraduates participating in certain Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) projects or funded courses might be required to sign the IPIA and should contact the TLO to learn more.

Faculty, staff (including visitors, research affiliates and fellows, and Media Lab), graduate students (including Media Lab), and undergraduates may sign the IPIA via Atlas (MIT certificates required). Visitors and research affiliates will be prompted to print their signed form and present to their home institution or employer for their signature. (Usually an authorized signatory, counsel, or Tech Transfer Office equivalent.)

Visiting students must sign the Visitor IPIA

Hard copy versions of all IPIA forms are available from the TLO by request. 

To learn more about the IPIA, please visit this page.

Thesis Waiver

MIT does not assert rights to your thesis if it was authored without sponsored research funds and without significant use of MIT-administered facilities or funds. Submit the Thesis Waiver form if you feel MIT cannot or should not claim copyright ownership to your thesis. 

Where you retain copyright ownership in your thesis, you must, as condition of a degree award, grant royalty free permission to MIT to reproduce and publicly distribute copies of the thesis and must place the following legend on the thesis title page or page immediately following: 

“The author hereby grants to MIT permission to reproduce and to distribute publicly paper and electronic copies of this thesis document in whole or in part.”

Non-Disclosure Agreements

If you want to disclose or share confidential information relating to an existing patent application or potential licensing opportunity, the TLO can draft and negotiate a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to guide those conversations. Use an outbound NDA to send confidential information to a potential partner and a mutual NDA if you expect to also receive confidential information. An NDA obligates each party to clearly label confidential information as being “Confidential” and to use the confidential information only for a specific purpose. Before you initiate any conversations regarding confidential information, you should contact your Technology Licensing Officer or the TLO

A request for an NDA relating to potential research or sponsorship activities should be directed to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

Material Transfer Agreements

If you want to transfer research materials to a third party or exchange them with a collaborator, you need to think about protecting your research rights. A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) describes the terms under which you can share and receive tangible materials with researchers at other universities or with industry, typically for research or evaluation purposes. 

See more information regarding MTAs here.

Contact the TLO to determine which MTA might be most appropriate for your material. All transfers and exchanges of materials will be managed by the TLO MTA team