The ARS Culture Collection (NRRL) - Patent Deposit Form
- We accept mold, bacteria and yeast for deposit for patent protection under the Budapest Treaty. A deposit form for each strain must be completed and sent with the sample of strain that is growing on an agar slant or agar plate. We have a onetime charge of $670.00 per strain, and the invoice for the deposit(s) will be sent once the strain(s) is received. The depositor may send a check issued to the USDA, ARS with the strain. Once we confirm the deposit is viable, we will issue a NRRL number for each strain that can be given by phone or email. When the deposit fee is received, we will send the hard copy paperwork of the receipt along with a sample of our preserved preparations and a viability statement. When the depositor confirms the preparation we have made is equivalent to the initial deposit, they should sign the viability statement and return it to us. All patent deposits are restricted from distribution until the strain is cited in a U.S. Patent (not Patent Application), unless the depositor gives written notification to send the strain to a third party.
- Please click on this link for the deposit form NRRL Patent Deposit Form