Drafting and Negotiating IP Terms in Research Contracts

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 09:00 - 17:00

G23, UCL Pearson Building, Off Front Quad, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Terms in Research Contracts

CPD One-Day Seminar on Tuesday 26 September 2017

About this Course

This practical, ‘hands on’ course provides a structured discussion of various types of intellectual property (IP) clauses in research contracts and other IP-rich agreements. We focus on why each clause is needed, how such clauses tend to be worded and negotiated, alternative clauses that are encountered, and how the outcome of the negotiations may affect your organisation’s interests. Specific topics to be covered include:

  • IP terms that are encountered in research grants, EU consortium agreements, Lambert agreements, MTAs and other IP-rich contracts: what is essential (or required by a funder) and what is ‘nice to have’?
  • Negotiating issues, including arguments for and against particular IP clauses; compromise proposals
  • Drafting: the importance of accurate drafting of IP terms; how to avoid ambiguity
  • Managing IP risks through appropriate contract terms and other measures, including due diligence

Please note that this course will focus mainly on IP-related topics. Practitioners who require training in all aspects of contracts (eg work and payment terms, limitation of liability, law and jurisdiction, confidentiality, duration and termination, etc) should consider combining this course with a more general contracts course or ask us to put together a tailored, in-house course for their organisation.

Who should attend
The course is intended for contracts managers, technology transfer and licensing executives, lawyers, patent attorneys and other practitioners whose job involves reviewing or drafting IP terms in research contracts. Attenders will understand the basics of the international IP system, and probably have some practical experience of negotiating IP terms, so that they can participate in the discussion, but they are not expected to have had extensive experience or training in intellectual property. In other words, the standard of the course is higher than a general introduction but not a legal ‘masterclass’.

We also run introductory and advanced level courses in various aspects of IP law and general contract drafting – please ask Mark Anderson for further details.

Preparation for the course?
Although not essential, attenders may find it helpful to read the Lambert IP decision tree materials on the UK IPO website.

6 CPD Points are available for this course from SRA and BSB




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