How to Design Research & Development Contracts in Practice
Research and development (R&D) projects and cooperation, with or without European, national or international funding, need a safe and sound legal contract design. In most cases, the legal framework decides about the success of a project and lays the foundation for a smooth pursuit of research activities. In fact, inaccuracies may have fatal consequences. Incorrect contract design leads to financial risks, loss of intellectual property and research results as well as decrease of economic value. Not to forget unnecessary disputes. Therefore, in practice, the design of a research and development contract is challenging and raises many questions. In many cases, the exchange of knowledge is central for the success of R&D projects. Therefore, external know-how and technology transfer is needed to complete the research. But the transfer of knowledge is often the reason why R&D contracts are quite complex. The contracts for those cooperation and R&D activities need to be safe and require clear strategies. Also with Horizon 2020 (H2020), European research, development and innovation have indeed entered a very exciting period. However, the European funding programme H2020 has its own explicit challenges like the Consortium Agreements, intellectual Property Rights in Horizon 2020 and H2020 model contracts. Therefore, learn what has to be considered when applying for EU funding.
The seminar provides you with all essential information you need to know about R&D contracts. At the beginning, we will highlight the fundamental, but also important questions of what exactly a R&D contract is and when one is to use. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and challenges of a R&D contract design, like the handling of academic freedom and publication rights, the characteristics of the project annex and what to consider when designing a research contract with international partners. Our speakers will provide you with important knowledge about consortium agreements, especially about the DESCA – template (development of a simplified consortium agreement). Learn what key points you have to consider when drafting a DESCA-agreement and how to benefit from it. By using a waterproof contract design and consequently avoiding unpleasant renegotiations, you will also reduce your financial risk.
Learn how to negotiate your position best in research agreements and how to make use of confidential disclosure and material transfer agreements. Benefit from our speakers’ practical knowledge about intellectual property rights (IPR) and what can be protected and how it can be used in research context. Moreover, learn about the characteristics of consortium agreements as well as IPRs under Horizon 2020. Finally our speakers will provide you with essential knowledge and best practice advices about the interaction of universities and industries and how to deal with technology transfer in practice. Learn how to build successful partnerships and how to negotiate license agreements in practice.
Directors, Heads of Departments or Units, Managers, Lawyers and other members of staff involved and working in scientific research, with R&D projects and dealing with cooperation and intellectual property
from Departments such as:
- Research and Development Services
- Legal Services
- Intellectual Property
- Technology and Knowledge Transfer
- Patents and Licensing
- Business Development
- Programme and Project Management
- International Projects Management
- Research and Technology Institutes, Centres and Clusters
- Business and Innovation Centres and Networks
- National and Regional Ministries and Agencies responsible for Research & Development
- Intellectual Property and Patent Agencies, Business Development Agencies
- Industry and Private Companies, Spin-off Companies
- Associations and Foundations
This seminar may also be interesting for lawyers and consultants specialising in intellectual property, license agreements and R&D cooperation.
- What is a R&D contract and when should you use one?
- What are the essential terms of a R&D contract?
- What is to consider with academic freedom and publication rights?
- What are the key issues with international partners?
- What are the benefits of using DESCA (development of a simplified consortium agreement)?
- What are the key points to consider when drafting an agreement based on DESCA?
- How to deal with intellectual property rights?
- What can be protected?
- What are the challenges in consortium agreements for research projects under Horizon 2020?
- Which are the characteristics of intellectual property rights in Horizon 2020?
- How can you negotiate contracts so that later disputes can be avoided?
- What is the industry’s point of view when having R&D cooperation?
- How to build successful partnerships with the industry and to negotiate license agreements
- What are the specific issues and common pitfalls with technology transfer?
- Secure your research by means of a safe and sound contract of your activity
- Avoid compromising your entire project
- Learn best practices from various member states and bodies
- Learn how to negotiate effectively research and development contracts
- Gain insights into how to avoid and solve disputes
- Learn how to deal optimally with confidential information
- Network with possible partners from national agencies and research institutes
- Understand how to make the most of licensing contracts and technology transfer
- Profit from practical workshop sessions on R&D contracts and technology transfer
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