Ownership of Stocks
All Stocks deposited within the Archive will remain the property of the original owner. However, stocks are stored on the strict understanding that FESA will be able to make them available to the whole scientific community for the purposes of academic research. Depositors may restrict access to a newly archived stock for up to 2 years. Depositors will be asked to sign a Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) which grants FESA the right to distribute the deposited stock to members of the scientific community for the purpose of academic research. In addition, depositors will be asked to warrant that they are either the beneficial owner of the stock or that they have permission from the owner to deposit under FESA conditions. This MTA also confirms that the depositor/owner retains all beneficial rights associated with the stock. This includes the right to directly negotiate any potential commercial applications with third party users of the stock.
Customers requesting embryos, sperm, tissues or mice from FESA must first sign an MTA that describes the conditions associated with use of such materials and confirms the rights of the depositor/owner. Depositors will receive an annual update listing to whom a stock has been supplied.