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Drafting International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements

Ensure clear, structured, risk-free collaborative R&D and joint venture agreements for maximum commercial success in one intensive day.

3 Mar 2022 + 2 more dates

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  • Format: Live online, Classroom
  • CPD: 6 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion

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

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The Drafting International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements course will cover:

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

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Rebecca Attree

Rebecca Attree, M.A. (Cantab), Attree & Co is a qualified solicitor, experienced Civil and Commercial Mediator and trainer based in London.

A Cambridge graduate, 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. She now works as an independent mediator and trainer.

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.

Rebecca has also trained thousands of lawyers and business executives over the last 25 years in Europe and beyond on a wide range of skills for lawyers and 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).

As a mediator, Rebecca facilitates parties to resolve commercial contract disputes that frequently relate to joint ventures and intellectual property rights.

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Book Drafting International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements Live online/Classroom training

3 Mar 2022

Live online

09:45-16:00 UK (London) (UTC+00)
10:45-17:00 Paris (UTC+01)
04:45-11:00 New York (UTC-05)
Course code 11593

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 814 970

Until 27 Jan

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7 Jun 2022

London venue TBC

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 11369

  • GBP 599 699
  • EUR 839 979
  • USD 934 1,090

Until 03 May

  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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15 Sep 2022

Live online

00:00-00:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
01:00-01:00 Paris (UTC+02)
19:00-19:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 11716

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 814 970

Until 11 Aug

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Reviews of IPI's Drafting International R&D Collaboration and Joint Venture Agreements training course

As always, when it comes to Falconbury, very well organised and tailored to the needs of today business.

Sep 16 2021

Salima Fiandaca
Business Contract Manager, Helsinn Healthcare SA

Mar 5 2020

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

Feb 13 2018

Thank you. Everything was perfect for me – simple and clear.

Hassan Ahmad Al Dhuhoori
Legal Research Officer, Embassy of The United Arab Emirates

Sep 19 2017

An informative, thought-provoking, challenging and interesting course that has increased my knowledge very effectively.

Iain Mclean
Contracts Analyst, ITF Energy

Sep 19 2017

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 20 2016

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 20 2016

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 20 2016

Very knowledgeable and engaging.

Shareen Gault
General Counsel and Company Secretary , ORE Catapult


  • Addenbrookes Hospital
  • Anglia Ruskin Univerisity
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • ARM Holdings Plc
  • Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Barker Brettell
  • BP p.l.c
  • British American Tobacco
  • BTG International Ltd
  • Cambridge Display Technology Ltd
  • Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • CDT Ltd
  • Centroflora CMS
  • College of Policing
  • Conocophillips
  • Croda International plc
  • Crown Packaging UK PLC
  • DSTL
  • Durham University
  • Elekta Oncology Systems Ltd
  • Element Six Ltd
  • Eversheds LLP
  • INC Research Italy
  • Innovia Films Ltd
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • INVISTA Textiles (UK) Ltd
  • ITF
  • ITF Energy
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • MMD GPHC Ltd
  • Morgan Cole Services Ltd
  • ORE Catapult
  • Oxbotica
  • Oxford Biotherapeutics Ltd
  • Oxis Energy Ltd
  • Pfizer Limited
  • PHABRIX Limited
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Salvation Army
  • Sharp Life Science (EU) Limited
  • SPD Development Co Ltd
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • UCB
  • UCB Celltech Ltd
  • Unilever PLC
  • University of Bath
  • Wellcome Trust


  • Debiopharm
  • Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)
  • ETH Zurich
  • Helsinn Healthcare SA
  • Inventio AG
  • Medicines for Malaria Venture
  • Oriflame
  • Syngenta International AG
  • Synthes GmbH


  • bvba Advocatenkantoor Suy, Van Baeveghem & Van Houtte
  • Cargill Europe BVBA
  • CNH Industrial Belgium nv
  • Cresco Lawyers
  • Euroclear SA
  • SESVanderHave NV/SA
  • Solvay SA
  • VIB


  • Albumedix Ltd
  • Coloplast
  • Coloplast A/S
  • FOSS A/S
  • Kromann Reumert Law Firm
  • Kromann Reumert Law Office
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Novozymes A/S


  • Astellas Pharma Europe B.V.
  • ASML Netherlands BV
  • Cosun Biobased Products
  • Royal Cosun
  • Unilever


  • Electrolux Italia S.p.A.
  • Enel Green Power S.p.A.
  • Industrie De Nora S.p.A
  • Sealed Air SRL


  • Aptargroup UK Holdings Limited
  • BD Medical - Pharmaceutical Systems
  • Lafarge Services Groupe


  • Almirall
  • Almirall SA
  • Chemo Espana SL


  • Oriflame Cosmetics
  • SCA R&D Centre
  • Sony Mobile Communications

United Arab Emirates

  • Embassy of The United Arab Emirates
  • John William Turner
  • Rouse & Co International


  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
  • Sony Europe Ltd., Branch Germany


  • Drug Discovery Laboratory AS
  • SINTEF Group


  • Delacon Biotechnik GmbH


  • Egis Pharmaceuticals


  • Novozymes South Asia Pvt Ltd


  • Nazarbayev University


  • Ferrero International S.A.


  • Gowlings International Inc

Saudi Arabia

  • King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

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