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Technology Transfer Newsletter, Summer 2015
Ratification of the Hague, the UBMTA turns 20 and more!


The last remaining piles of snow from this year's record snowfall are finally gone. At last, it is starting to feel (and look) like summer here in Cambridge, MA. While we were buried under snow, we had time to assemble some articles for you. Learn more about the U.S.'s ratification of the Hague Agreement, re-familiarize yourself with the UBMTA and learn a little bit about tech transfer in Japan from one of your colleagues!
 ~The Addgene Team
Community Spotlight: Interview with Yoko Taniguchi


YOKO TANIGUCHI is responsible for material transfer agreements at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. In her interview with Addgene, she shares the joys of her job in working with scientists on the edge of technology and her role in promoting the university's mission.

Read the Full Interview


Tech Transfer Article: U.S. Ratifies Hague Agreement for Protecting Industrial Designs


Until recently, U.S. residents seeking legal protection for their industrial designs in other countries had to file an application with each country's national office. Now, with the U.S.'s ratification of the Hague Agreement, U.S. residents can file a single application with the World Intellectual Property Office to pursue protection in multiple countries and, thereby, save time and money.


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A Re-Introduction to the UBMTA
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA).

Re-familiarize yourself with the issues and considerations that went into the writing of this agreement.

Did You Know . . .
You can access your institution's request and distribution records so you always know what material is entering and leaving your institution?

Addgene can provide you with emailed reports and an online account to help your office track and record MTAs.