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My Way or the MTA: The Use of Material Transfer Agreements in Publicly Funded Research in Australia


Nielsen, J and Nicol, D and Whitton, TC and Chalmers, D, My Way or the MTA: The Use of Material Transfer Agreements in Publicly Funded Research in Australia, Occasional Paper No 10, Centre for Law and Genetics, Hobart, Tasmania (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

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This Occasional Paper is the product of a four-year study investigating the use of material transfer agreements (MTAs) in Australian publiclyfunded, biological research. The study commenced in 2014, and was inspired by similar studies, primarily conducted in overseas jurisdictions, which reported that MTAs have been having detrimental impacts on the progress of research. Our aim was to consider whether similar trends were evident in Australian research, and the implications of these practices on research.

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Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:material transfer agreement, provenance, biological materials, contracts, intellectual property
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Private law and civil obligations
Research Field:Intellectual property law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Nielsen, J (Associate Professor Jane Nielsen)
UTAS Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
UTAS Author:Whitton, TC (Ms Tess Whitton)
UTAS Author:Chalmers, D (Professor Don Chalmers)
ID Code:130699
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140100301)
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2019-02-07
Last Modified:2019-02-07

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