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Can you cross the mouse or rat you purchase from Taconic Biosciences to generate a new genotype, then distribute the progeny? What about deriving cell lines 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, which varies by the specific model and the type of entity you work for.

Variations in Animal Model Usage Licenses

Taconic Biosciences offers some of the most flexible licensing arrangements in the life sciences industry. Taconic's the only commercial animal model vendor to hold CRISPR licenses for the patents from both UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute for both mice and rats.

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. For custom models, usage rights can vary depending on the methods used to generate the mouse or rat.

Taconic's IP and licensing team is here to support scientists and their organizations as they navigate the multitude of licenses available.

Licensing Examples

Here are some examples of usage licenses available with Taconic mice and rats:
  • Taconic Transgenic Models are commercial models 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 Taconic will 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.
  • EZcohort® models are distributed under simple label license terms that grant the purchaser rights to use, breed and crossbreed for three years. Learn more at EZcohort® models.
What our customers say:

“We are very pleased to add Taconic to our list of licensees as it furthers our goal of making this technology more broadly accessible and Taconic is certainly a globally recognized leader in the animal model field.”
Eric Rhodes, CEO of ERS Genomics

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, Taconic will appreciate the need to facilitate the access to needed rights, so that researchers are free to work on the scientific problems that matter most.

Rodent Model Developers

You can rest assured that your IP will be protected using the most appropriate licensing option for your situation. In consultation with you, Taconic will determine the best channel for sharing or distributing your model.

Taconic Biosciences' decades of experience commercializing models provides Taconic's team with a great depth of knowledge of the possible options and implications of different scenarios.

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