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One Day Programme: Drafting International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements (London, United Kingdom - February 26th, 2019) -


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International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements"

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When you are embarking on a project, which is in partnership with
another organisation, be they academia or industry, both parties are
looking for a successful outcome, and both have their roles and
responsibilities in achieving this. Before work gets underway both
parties need to agree on the thorny topic of IP ownership, other common
provisions and the type of collaboration structure, which suits both.
The allocation of risk and ancillary agreements such as confidentiality,
material transfer agreements and heads of terms also have to be wrestled
with. This intensive practical one-day course will explain what you need
to know and do to get the commercial results from your R&D and joint
venture agreements in 2018 whether they are operating in the UK or
across borders.

Why you should attend

  • Understand the full extent of the project and each
    party's role and responsibility
  • Appreciate the substantial impact that intellectual
    property rights have upon your agreement
  • Explore the benefits of each of the key collaboration
    structures and which one is the best for your commercial objectives
  • Gain a firm understanding of the most important
    common provisions, which you should recognise and deal with correctly
  • Gain an understanding of the key points to consider
    when contracting internationally
  • Have plenty of opportunities to get answers
    from our expert on areas of particular concern and discuss current
    issues with other delegates engaged in similar activities

Who Should Attend:

  • In-house lawyers
  • Contract managers
  • Technology transfers managers
  • Patent attorneys
  • Private practice legal advisors
  • Others who are involved in the negotiation, drafting and management of
    R&D agreements


Introduction and overview of the topics

Project nature/scope and parties' roles and responsibilities

  • Contract services
  • Joint R&D
  • Objectives
  • Contributions
  • Obligations and deliverables
  • Responsibility for outcome/allocation of risks

IP ownership, rights of use and other issues

  • Background IP
  • Foreground IP
  • Improvements
  • Sole, joint and segmented ownership and rights of use

Other common provisions in international contracts

  • Confidentiality
  • Change control
  • Payment arrangements
  • Exclusivity and non-compete
  • Avoidance of conflicts
  • Acceptance arrangements
  • Termination and withdrawal
  • Code of conduct
  • Choice of law

Competition law and the impact of Brexit

  • EU and UK competition law
  • Applying The Block Exemptions
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • The impact of Brexit on R&D and JV agreements and steps to take

Software agreements

  • Scope of works
  • Acceptance process
  • Third party licences
  • Usual restrictions
  • Maintenance and support/service levels

Types of party and their priorities

  • Commercial
  • Universities
  • Charities
  • Funders

Types of collaboration structure

  • Contract
  • Non-corporate joint venture
  • Joint company

Ancillary agreements

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Material transfer agreements
  • Heads of terms

Case study workshop

  • Interactive discussions on example contracts
  • Practical drafting exercises

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