Drafting International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements

This programme highlight the different perspectives of academic parties, commercial parties and institutional funding bodies and explain some of the legal issues affecting R&D agreements.

20 Sep 2018

& 26 Feb 2019 , 20 Sep 2019

GBP 699
EUR 979
USD 1,090

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Course Overview

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 cofidentiality, 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 bene ts of each of the key collaboration structures and which one is the best t 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 and joint venture 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 andwithdrawal
  • Code of conduct
  • Choice of law

Competition law and the impact of Brexit

  • EU and UK competition law
  • 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

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


Rebecca Attree

Rebecca Attree, M.A. (Cantab) is a qualified solicitor, experienced civil and commercial mediator and trainer, based in London. As a mediator, Rebecca facilitates parties to resolve commercial contract disputes that frequently relate to joint ventures and intellectual property rights. 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. 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. She has also trained thousands of lawyers and business executives over the last 25 years in Europe and beyond, on a wide range of 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).

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