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Patent Deposits

Deposit for the purposes of patent procedure

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has designated the NCMA as an International Depositary Authority (IDA) for the deposit of biological material for the purposes of patent procedure under the Budapest TreatyDeposits may be any algae (including single-celled microalgae and multicellular algae), aquatic and terrestrial protists, bacteria and archaea, and non-differentiated plant cells.

Schedule of fees:

Storage - Please e-mail us at for the following prices:

  • $3,000 for frozen or lyophilized for 30 years (including viability statement)
  • $25,000 for perpetual culturing for 30 years (including viability statement)
  • Additional Viability Statement Fee
  • Furnishing of Microorganism Fee

Having received and accepted a microorganism for deposit, the NCMA will issue an official receipt in respect of that deposit. A viability statement will also be furnished to the depositor.

Customers will be billed upon acceptance of the deposit. Payment must be received by the NCMA prior to shipment of the sample.

To deposit a strain for the purpose of patent procedure, please review the NCMA Patent Deposit Terms and Conditions, fill out the patent deposit form and email the completed form to

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