Licensing: Agreements and Programs

Every technology has its own features and value propositions, and thus carries its own market opportunities. As a result, every conversation we have with a potential licensee will take its own path.

Below are links to two of our template agreements. If and when we begin to discuss licensing a UA technology, these templates represent a starting point for our conversations. We look forward to working with you.

Exclusive Patent License Agreement Template Patent Option Agreement Template 

For questions about these templates, contact your Licensing Manager or Director of Licensing Rakhi Gibbons

The Arizona Choice: A Clear and Simple Approach to Industry-Sponsored Research

Are you seeking a university partner who can quickly get your research project running under terms that make sense for your company?
By working with the University of Arizona through the Arizona Choice program, you gain increased security and decreased intellectual property negotiations through defined options for generated intellectual property (IP).

1. The Non-exclusive License

Royalty-free, with the option for exclusivity

For the entire cost of conducting the research, the industrial sponsor receives a commercial non-exclusive, royalty-free license to the project IP, without the right to sublicense. The sponsor agrees to cover the costs related to protecting the IP and is granted a time-limited option to negotiate for an exclusive license based on commercially reasonable terms.


  • Up-front commercial license
  • No initial/extra fees
  • No pre-negotiated license terms
  • Reporting and diligence only required for exclusive license

2. The Exclusive License

Royalty-free exclusivity

Industry sponsors that prefer certainty and exclusivity prior to the commencement of research can choose to pay a premium on the contract in exchange for a guarantee of exclusivity in any potential project IP. This involves a fixed, non-refundable 20% payment (minimum $50,000) of the entire cost of the research due at the time the contract is executed. In return, the sponsor receives an exclusive license to any IP resulting from the project. Sponsors cover costs related to protecting project IP.
  • Known Investment
  • No uncertainties
  • No diligence

Let’s get to work.

To get started, you (the industry partner), the faculty researcher and a UA representative collaborate on developing the goals and outcomes of the research project. Then, we work together to choose an option that defines the contract going forward.
With Arizona Choice, we construct a relationship that is transparent, flexible, and fair for all parties. 

Contact the UA Contract & Research Support Program for details. 

Steve Harsy, PhD
Director, Pre-award Services
Sponsored Projects and Contracting Services