Another snag is expected to delay signing of the University of Utah's pact with the Los Alamos National Laboratory concerning solid-state fusion research, a U. official said Monday.

James Brophy, U. vice president for research, said that lawyers likely will delay signing papers until next week, in their continuing effort to protect the U.'s intellectual property rights. "They just found another reason to tell me no," he said.Many groups have been lining up to collaborate with fusion co-discoverers B. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann. The university's Office of Technology Transfer has received 120 inquiries. Fifty of those companies have signed confidential disclosure statements in order to view patent applications.

The wording of the research pact was agreed upon last weekend and signing had been expected to take place Monday.