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Drafting R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements

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24th Jul 2017



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When you are embarking on a project, which is in partnership with another organization, 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 one-day Drafting R&D, Collaboration & Joint Venture Agreements Asia Masterclass will explain what you need to know and do to get the commercial results from your R&D and joint venture agreements.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn why it is important to structure your R&D agreement in the right way
  • Review and discuss core policy and drafting issues in R&D sponsorship and collaboration agreements and joint ventures
  • Understand the different perspectives of academic parties, commercial parties and institutional funding bodies
  • Become familiar with some of the legal issues affecting R&D agreements, including competition law, choice of law and jurisdiction, and intellectual property ownership issues
  • Complete practical exercises on drafting and case studies to consolidate learning
  • 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 clear understanding of the most important common provisions, which you should recognize and deal with correctly

Who should attend?

  • Contract Managers
  • Technology Transfer Managers
  • Lawyers (both in-house and external)
  • Patent Attorneys
  • Others who are involved in the negotiation, drafting and management of R&D agreements