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International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements

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How should you best proceed when looking to enter into international innovation agreements? Learn how to ensure clear, structured and risk-free agreements for maximum commercial success in this intensive and practical one-day webinar.


The solicitors Rebecca Attree and Halvor Manshaus 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 Norway or internationally.

When you embark on an international project in partnership with another organisation, whether an academic institution or a corporation, both parties will need to agree on the challenging topics of IP ownership, other common provisions, and the type of collaboration structure that will suit them both. The allocation of risk and additional aspects such as confidentiality, material transfer agreements and letters of intent should also be dealt with.

Central topics:

  • IP ownership, sole, joint and segmented ownership, and rights of use
  • Competition law and the impact of Brexit
  • Types of party and collaboration structure
  • Software agreements
  • Supplementary 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

For whom

This webinar is suitable for In-house lawyers, contract managers, technology transfer managers, patent attorneys, private practice legal advisers, and others who are involved in the negotiation, drafting and management of R&D and joint venture agreements.

The webinar will be held in English.


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9.30 - 9.45
Introduction and overview of the topics
9.45 - 10.45
Project nature/scope and parties’ roles and responsibilities
  • Contract services
  • Joint R&D
  • Objectives
  • Contributions
  • Obligations and deliverables
  • Responsibility for outcome/allocation of risks
  • Examples of different commercial scenarios for sharing IP
10.45 - 11.00
11.00 - 11.45
IP ownership, rights of use and other issues
  • Background and types of IP
  • Benefits of owning IP
  • Foreground IP
  • Improvements
  • Sole, joint and segmented ownership and rights of use
  • Definition of technology
  • Typical red flag situations
11.45 - 12.30
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
  • Not just legal – practical advice
12.30 - 13.00
Competition law and the impact of Brexit
  • EU and UK competition law
  • Key legislation
  • Applying the Block Exemptions
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • The impact of Brexit on R&D and JV agreements and steps to take
13.00 - 14.00
14.00 - 14.45
Types of party and their priorities
  • Commercial
  • Universities
  • Charities
  • Funders
  • Sub-contracting manufacturers
14.45 - 15.00
15.00 - 15.45
Types of collaboration structure
  • Contractual joint venture
  • Non-corporate joint venture
  • Joint company
  • Not formalised / ad-hoc collaboration
  • Parties’ interests and contribution
  • Competition law considerations
15.45 - 16.30
Ancillary agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Material transfer agreements
  • Heads of terms
  • Other
16.30 -
Summary and Conclusions


Rebecca Attree
Rebecca Attree

Rebecca Attree 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 other law firms 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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Halvor Manshaus

Halvor Manshaus is a partner of the Norwegian law firm Schjødt. Admitted to the Supreme Court of Norway, he sits as an arbitrator for WIPO in UDRP cases. Halvor has a practice focusing on litigation and strategic counselling to clients, and has extensive experience representing international clients in cross-border cases.
Halvor has a diversified practice, as demonstrated by his acknowledgement and ranking in Dispute Resolution, IP and TMT in various publications. He was lead counsel in the "DVD-case", a globally significant case within technology & copyright.
Halvor holds a number of presentations and lectures, while also publishing articles within his key areas on a regular basis.

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