Option & Evaluation Licenses

Hold your place in line or take tech for a test run

CoMotion offers several low-risk and low-cost license products before a company commits to taking a full license. See our Licensing FAQs or email us at license@uw.edu for more information.

Option to license

Standard Exclusive Option Agreement Template (PDF)


It is a standard and efficient agreement that guarantees access to license a technology for an agreed upon time period. It also includes the right to evaluate and provides the prospective licensee a set amount of time to fully evaluate interest in a technology without the risk of losing the technology to a rival.

CoMotion offers option agreements to allow companies time to negotiate a license and discuss business needs. Option agreements are available ahead of any license negotiation including:

  • Startup licenses
  • Exclusive licenses
  • Non-exclusive licenses
  • Material licenses
  • Software licenses
  • Device licenses

Who is it for?

For potential licensees who want to hold their place in line.

Key attributes

  • Standard efficient agreement
  • Guaranteed access to license for an agreed upon time period
  • Includes right to evaluate

Evaluation license

Example Evaluation License Template for Program Services (PDF)


An evaluation license allows potential licensees to take UW technology for a test run. It involves minimal negotiation, is short-term only and provides the opportunity for de-risking. Low transaction costs allow companies to consider the fit of technology with their existing pipeline prior to establishing a license or option.
CoMotion offers evaluation agreements for materials, program services, intellectual property rights, devices, software, or confidential information.

Who is it for?

For potential licensees who want to take UW technology for a test run.

Key attributes

  • Minimal negotiation
  • Short-term only
  • Opportunity for de-risking