Drafting Commercial Contracts for the Pharmaceutical Industry

A 3-day practical and interactive seminar focusing on current contract drafting, negotiating, best practice and related issues within the pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences sectors

6-8 Jun 2018

& 20-22 Nov 2018

GBP 1,799
EUR 2,519
USD 2,806

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Course overview

In such a highly regulated industry, understanding the key challenges of negotiation and drafting an effective and watertight contract on an international level is a complex topic. It is vital that both legal counsel and commercial executives not only have the key skills and tactics to create a win:win scenario but also the knowledge to ensure any agreement is within the laws and regulations. The alternative is the exposure of the organisation to unnecessary risk and costly disputes.

Who should attend?

  • In-house counsel and legal advisors
  • Commercial and contract managers
  • Business development managers
  • Purchasing and procurement
  • Patent, IP, trademarks or licensing counsel

Programme at a glance

Day 1


  • Intellectual property terms in collaboration and licensing agreements
  • SPC’s – Supplementary Protection Certificates- Securing the full commercial potential of your product
  • When does R&D infringe patents? Understanding the experimental use and Bolar provisions
  • Third party IP rights – ‘Freedom to Operate’ searches and implications for pharmaceutical industry agreements


  • Key issues in contract manufacturing agreements
  • Key issues in co-promotion, co-marketing and distribution agreements
  • The EMA as a regulator for the pharmaceutical industry

Day 2

Using regulatory processes to define contractual obligations

  • Key issues in clinical trials and related agreements


  • Introduction to relevant EU competition law rules
  • Current competition law issues


  • Negotiation of collaboration and licence agreements concerning pharmaceutical product

Day 3


  • The rise and rise of the negotiator
  • Negotiate and succeed
  • Structure for control
  • Personal style and negotiation
  • Practical exercise: Moving into engagement
  • Influencing and persuasion


Susan Singleton

Susan Singleton is a solicitor with her own London solicitor’s firm, Singletons, which specialises in competition law, intellectual property and commercial law, both non-contentious and contentious. Until 2016 she was Vice Chairman of the Competition Law Association and author of 30 law books. She advises a wide range of UK and international clients including in the pharmaceutical sector. The 4th edition of her book on Commercial Agency Agreements was published in 2015. After working as a solicitor at London law firms Slaughter and May and Bristows, she founded her own law firm. She brought the first action for damages for breach of the competition rules to reach an English court (Arkin v Borchard Lines) and in 2015 was involved in litigation for clients in both the CJEU and UK in relation to challenges to EU and UK tobacco legislation. She advises lots of clients in particular about EU competition law and selective distribution agreements including in the pharma/ veterinary sectors, both for parallel importers and for brand owners. She is editor of the looseleaf Kluwer’s Comparative Law of Monopolies. In 2015-16 she was heavily involved in litigation before the English courts and CJEU in litigation relating to EU and UK legislation in the tobacco sector and in 2017 won damages for a client in trade infringement litigation (IPEC)

Stephen Reese

Stephen Reese is a partner at Clifford Chance and advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters including patents, trade marks, trade secrets and copyright. Stephen represents and advises a broad range of clients in relation to the protection, exploitation and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. With significant experience representing clients within the life sciences and technology fields, Stephen has acted on some of the most significant licensing transactions in the life sciences industry. Since 2010, Stephen has been listed as one of IAM’s Top 250 Patent Licensing specialists.

Catherine Drew

Catherine Drew is a partner at Pinsent Masons. She advises on all aspects within and on the border of the life sciences and healthcare sector. Catherine assists on both contentious and non-contentious matters, in particular advising on patent litigation and regulatory matters, whether in the life sciences sector or other related fields. Catherine also advises on patent litigation, in particular on a multi-jurisdictional basis and has experience in conducting patent litigation before all courts in the UK in a variety of sectors. Catherine has also spent time working in-house at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, with responsibility for coordinating all patent litigation in Europe. Given her technical background Catherine is able to provide support in creating persuasive written advocacy pieces directed to decision making bodies on matters such as medicine regulatory exclusivity, pricing and reimbursement and classification of products for the purposes of allocation of exclusivity rewards or value attribution. Catherine has also advised on regulatory issues arising in relation to borderline products and in related fields, such as the cosmetic sector, including consideration of the UK and European regulation of such products and compliance with the relevant advertising codes of practice. With her expertise Catherine is able to provide a ‘complete picture’ assisting clients in negotiating the various intellectual property and regulatory hurdles to bringing a regulated product such as a medicine to market in Europe.

Lucinda Osborne

Lucinda Osborne is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP. She is a member of the firm’s corporate and intellectual property practice groups and concentrates on transactional matters for pharmaceutical and biotech clients. She regularly advises clients in connection with their in and out-licensing activities, joint ventures, and collaborations and other strategic transactions, as well as the full range of commercial agreements that span the product life-cycle in the life sciences sector. She has particular experience structuring and documenting global collaborations to reflect market practices and requirements in the United States.

Daniel Pavin

Daniel Pavin is a partner in the Corporate Practice of Covington & Burling LLP’s London office. He has broad non-contentious and contentious experience, with an emphasis on advising companies for whom intellectual property rights are of paramount importance. In particular, Daniel advises life sciences clients on their licensing, partnering, collaboration and other strategic and commercial agreements, and on the IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions and strategic investments in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Lydia Torne

Lydia Torne, Managing Associate at Simmons & Simmons, has been involved on a range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, with a particular focus on transactional IP in the life sciences sector. Lydia regularly advises on a range of contractual issues including commercial licensing arrangements, research and development agreements, consortium agreements, material transfer agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, clinical trial agreements, monetisations and IP aspects of corporate transactions and financings. Lydia also advises on life sciences regulatory issues including the promotion of medicines and devices, borderline product classification and interactions with healthcare professionals.

Chris Milton

Chris Milton is a partner at JA Kemp. He has experience of patent work in all aspects of chemistry, including pharmaceuticals, drug formulations, polymers and catalysts. He has particular expertise in the field of respiratory medicine. Chris works with a variety of clients, from universities and start-up companies to large multi-national corporations. He handles drafting of new patent applications, particularly in the pharmaceutical and polymer fields, and subsequent prosecution of patent applications at the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office (EPO). Chris also has considerable experience of filing and prosecuting patent applications throughout the rest of the world, and consequently in advising clients in relation to the management of their patent portfolios. He has experience of EPO opposition and appeal work, including both defending and opposing patents in the pharmaceutical field, and has attended oral proceedings at Opposition Division and Board of Appeal levels. In some cases the opposition work has been just one aspect of global litigation, and so Chris has gained experience of working alongside teams of litigators throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Chris has also been involved in advising on freedom to operate and due diligence matters.

Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is a Supervising Associate at Simmons & Simmons. He has experience of working across a range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, with a focus on patent and supplementary protection certificate litigation. Assisted by his strong technical background in biochemistry, Ben has a particular interest in the life sciences sector. He has acted for clients in a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices, TMT and consumer goods (e.g. laundry detergents, vaping devices). He has acted for clients in disputes before the English Patents Court, the UK and European Union Intellectual Property Offices, and the General Court and Court of Justice of the European Union.

Niels Ersbøll

Niels Ersbøll advises clients on EU competition law in relation to cartels and restrictive practices, merger control, abuse of dominance, and State aid. He is currently involved in several pending EU cartel investigations. He advises on merger control investigations by the European Commission and competition authorities worldwide for clients such as General Electric, Boston Scientific, Pfizer, and Sanyo. Where investigations (mergers or cartels) are run by several authorities in parallel, he assists with overall strategy and coordination. Niels also has significant experience helping clients with designing and implementing compliance measures and conducting internal investigations and audits.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 17.30 hours
  • CLE: 14.30 hours

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6-8 Jun 2018
6-8 Jun 2018 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,799.00
EUR 2,519.00
USD 2,806.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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20-22 Nov 2018
20-22 Nov 2018 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 1,799.00
EUR 2,519.00
USD 2,806.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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Previous customers include...

  • Actelion Pharmaceutical Ltd
  • Adaptimmune Ltd
  • Almirall, SA
  • Arterium Corporation
  • Astrazeneca Rod Ab
  • Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG
  • Britannia Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • British American Tobacco
  • Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc
  • Dickinson Dees LLP
  • F2G Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline Services Unlimited
  • Grunenthal Latin America Inc.
  • GW Research Ltd
  • Helsinn Chemicals SA
  • Intercell AG
  • LEK Pharmaceuticals dd
  • Menarini Int. Operations Luxembourg SA
  • Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd
  • Nordic Pharma SAS
  • Recordati S.p.A
  • Sandoz
  • Siegfried Ltd
  • tillotts pharma AG
  • UCB Pharma SA
  • Vifor (International) Ltd.

The course was very helpful to understand the process of the pharmaceutical industry

Hannah Lee, , Celltrion Inc.

The course was excellent, very useful and well organised

Borislav Dakic, , Hemofarm AD

‘… presentations were interesting and useful’

Olesia Smilianets, Manager, Farmak Joint Stock Company

…the standard of presenters was excellent

Brid Brady, Solicitor, IDA

The course was really excellent

Dr Guiseppe Giardina, Deputy Chairman and CEO, Nikem Research

A very interesting experience, providing me with tools for working

Giovanna Lionetti, Legal Pharma Partner, Roche SpA

It’s a great course very recommendable for In-house lawyers

Patricia Campistol, In Lawyer, Corporacion Medichem SL

Calibre and knowledge of speakers was very high and impressive

Isla Irvine, IP Admin Manager, Britannia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Enjoyable and informative

Mike Isaacson, Company Lawyer, Dexcel Pharma Ltd

Overall calibre of speakers was very high

Alex Moulson, Senior Manager, Morphosys AG

I learnt a great deal about new areas and potential strategies to deal with these. The case studies where well thought out

Dr Paul Madeley, Managing Director, Synth-Isis Ltd