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Drafting International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements Training Course

Ensure clear, structured, risk-free collaborative R&D and joint venture agreements for maximum commercial success in one intensive day.

7 Jun 2022

& 4 Oct 2022

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Course overview

This intensive, practical one-day course will explain what you need to know and do to get the best commercial results from your R&D and joint venture agreements, whether they are operating in the UK or across borders.

When you are embarking on a project which is in partnership with another organisation, be they academia or industry, both parties will need to agree on the thorny topics of IP ownership, other common provisions and the type of collaboration structure that will suit them both. The allocation of risk and ancillary aspects such as confidentiality, material transfer agreements and heads of terms also have to be wrestled with.

Topics to be covered from a UK and international perspective will include:

  • IP ownership and rights of use
  • Sole, joint and segmented ownership and rights of use
  • Competition law and the impact of Brexit
  • Software agreements
  • Types of party and collaboration structure
  • Ancillary agreements
  • Interactive case study workshop

Why you should attend

By attending this seminar, you will:

  • 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 fit for your commercial objectives
  • Understand the most important common provisions, which you should recognise and deal with correctly
  • Recognise the key points to consider when contracting internationally
  • 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 transfer managers
  • Patent attorneys
  • Private practice legal advisers
  • Others who are involved in the negotiation, drafting and management of R&D and joint venture agreements


Module 1: 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 and types of IP
  • Foreground IP
  • Improvements
  • Sole, joint and segmented ownership and rights of use

Module 2: Other common provisions in international contracts

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

Competition law and the impact of Brexit

  • EU and UK competition law
  • Key legislation
  • Applying the Block Exemptions
  • Risk assesment 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

Module 3: Types of party and their priorities

  • Commercial
  • Universities
  • Charities
  • Funders

Types of collaboration structure

  • Contractual joint venture
  • Non-corporate joint venture
  • Joint company

Module 4: Ancillary agreements

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Material transfer agreements
  • Heads of terms

Case study workshop

  • Interactive discussions on example contracts
  • Practical drafting exercises


Rebecca Attree (More...)

Rebecca Attree, M.A. (Cantab), Attree & Co is a qualified solicitor, experienced Civil and Commercial Mediator and trainer based in London.

A Cambridge graduate, Rebecca worked for City law firms Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) and Laytons before setting up her own international commercial law practice, Attree & Co in 1995. She now works as an independent mediator and trainer.

Rebecca has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting cross-border collaboration and joint venture agreements and licensing software agreements. She has considerable knowledge of international law, intellectual property law, competition law, drafting commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Rebecca has also trained thousands of lawyers and business executives over the last 25 years in Europe and beyond on a wide range of skills for lawyers and commercial law topics.

She is the author of ‘International Commercial Agreements’ (Thorogood), a contributor to European Economic Interest Groups (Jordans), and co-editor with Patrick Kelly of European Product Liabilities (Butterworths).

As a mediator, Rebecca facilitates parties to resolve commercial contract disputes that frequently relate to joint ventures and intellectual property rights.

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7 Jun 2022
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UK (London)
7 Jun 2022
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UK (London)
GBP 599.00
EUR 859.00
USD 970.00
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4 Oct 2022
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4 Oct 2022
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Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for 6 hours for your CPD records.
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We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation and deliver it at your location and/or online.

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  • CDT Ltd
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  • Crown Packaging UK PLC
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  • Elekta Oncology Systems Ltd
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  • Unilever PLC
  • VIB

As always, when it comes to Falconbury, very well organised and tailored to the needs of today business.

Salima Fiandaca, Business Contract Manager, Helsinn Healthcare SA, Sep 21

Excellent course to provide an introduction and overview of the different types of R&D and JV agreements and for the non-lawyer this provides valuable insights to support in-house discussions with external counsel.

A well led course, good preparation and valuable insights - recommended.

Alex Tame, Head of Licensing & IP Management, Oxbotica, Mar 20

Thank you. Everything was perfect for me – simple and clear.

Hassan Ahmad Al Dhuhoori, Legal Research Officer, Embassy of The United Arab Emirates, Feb 18

The speaker was very knowledgeable and allowed lots of delegate participation and interesting discussion. I liked hearing the experience and anecdotes of others and the real-life examples were very useful.

Lindsey Hudson , Contracts and Alliance Manager, Oxford Biotherapeutics Ltd, Sep 17

An informative, thought-provoking, challenging and interesting course that has increased my knowledge very effectively.

Iain Mclean, Contracts Analyst, ITF Energy, Sep 17

The content was applicable and clear. The presenter was very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. It was a very good, well thought out course.

Paul Ure, Commercial Manager, DSTL, Sep 16

Very knowledgeable and engaging.

Shareen Gault, General Counsel and Company Secretary , ORE Catapult, Sep 16

The course has definitely helped my understanding of the subject – it was very well thought out and covered a large subject area. The presentation flowed well and prompted discussions and the speaker was very clear, concise and knowledgeable.

Paul Ure, Commercial Manager, DSTL, Sep 16