Specimen Ownership

Biological samples (“Samples”) submitted to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (“VDL”) become the sole property of the VDL.  VDL will have the sole authority regarding disposition of Samples including, but not limited to, the rights to collect, study, store, transfer, and/or dispose of Samples and associated data.  VDL and its transferees will retain intellectual property rights in any discoveries or inventions made using Samples.  Any intention to retain any rights in or assert any proprietary restrictions on the Samples, must be communicated in writing prior to or at the time of submission of the Samples to VDL.  VDL will honor reasonable requests from Sample providers to transfer aliquots/portions of Samples to third parties for production of autogenous (farm specific) vaccines.