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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.

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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) 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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This course can be customised to meet your requirements, and delivered to your colleagues at your location or online. For more information, call us on +44 (0)20 7729 6677, email us at or contact us below:

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Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for 6 hours for your CPD records.
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Public course dates

We can deliver and customise this course for any number of attendees, at your location or online. But if you have fewer colleagues, this course is running publically on:

  • 3 Mar 2021
  • 16 Sep 2021
  • 17 Sep 2021

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  • Astellas Pharma Europe B.V.
  • Almirall
  • BD Medical - Pharmaceutical Systems
  • BP p.l.c
  • BTG International Ltd
  • CDT Ltd
  • Centroflora CMS
  • CNH Industrial Belgium nv
  • Coloplast A/S
  • Crown Packaging UK PLC
  • Debiopharm International SA
  • Drug Discovery Laboratory AS
  • Durham University
  • Electrolux Italia S.p.A.
  • Euroclear SA
  • Eversheds
  • Gowlings International Inc
  • INC Research Italy
  • ITF
  • Kromann Reumert Law Firm
  • MMD GPHC Ltd
  • Nazarbayev University
  • Oxbotica
  • Research and Markets
  • SCA R&D Centre
  • Synthes GmbH
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Unilever R&D Vlaardingen
  • Wellcome Trust

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