Can you cross the mouse or rat you purchase from Taconic Biosciences to generate a new genotype and then distribute the progeny? What about deriving cell lines that are then used for commercial screening? Or performing fee-for-service contract research?

The answer to these questions and many like them is that it depends on the license, and the license depends on both the specific mouse or rat model, and the type of entity you work for.

Not all mouse and rat models are created equal (for licensing purposes)

This may surprise animal model novices, but not all mouse or rat models come with equal usage rights. What researchers can and can't do with mice and rats purchased from Taconic can vary depending on the model, and for custom models, usage rights can vary depending on the methods used to generate the mouse or rat.

The good news is that Taconic’s IP and licensing team is here to support scientists and their organizations as they navigate the multitude of licenses available with our standard and custom animal models.

Here are some examples of usage licenses available with Taconic mice and rats:
  • Taconic Transgenic Models are commercial models that are produced and distributed under rights to patents and intellectual property (IP) that Taconic has licensed from various institutions. These models are offered for sale to researchers with full-use licensing in the form of a Label License. This grants users a license under Taconic's in-licensed patent right(s) to use the model in their research, in consideration of the purchasers' acknowledgement of, and in agreement to, the Terms and Conditions of Sale and applicable terms of use.
  • Emerging Models and Repository Models are models in various stages of development and sponsored by multiple principal investigators or institutions to which other researchers can gain access. The owner or sponsor of a model allows selective distribution of the model, with restrictions, as specified in a customized Material Transfer Agreement or Label License. The terms are usually specific to the sponsor and different than those that exist for Taconic commercial models. The conditions of use can be found on each animal model page.
  • Custom Generated Models are models that we design and generate for you under licenses granted to Taconic by multiple licensors to technologies used in the generation of your model. Taconic passes to you the rights to use the model generated by these technologies in your research. See the list of relevant technologies and licensors.

For rodent model users:

At Taconic, we respect intellectual property rights and understand the importance of clarity in managing those rights for both inventors and users. Furthermore, we appreciate the need to facilitate the access to needed rights, so that researchers are free to work on the scientific problems that matter most.

For rodent model developers:

You can rest assured that your IP will be protected using the most appropriate licensing option for your situation and in consultation with you, we will determine the best channel for sharing or distributing your model. Our decades of experience commercializing models provides our team with a great depth of knowledge of the possible options and implications of different scenarios.

If you have more questions about licensing, please contact a Taconic representative—we’re here to help.