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Avoiding Pitfalls in Patent/Know-How Licences and R&D Collaborations Training Course

Analyse the key aspects of patent/know-how licences and R&D collaborations, assessing the areas where things can and do go wrong.

★★★★★ "The speakers and content were of a very high standard."

18 July 2024
+ 28 November 2024 »

from £499

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Course overview

This one-day course will give you an insight into the important aspects of patent/know-how licences and R&D collaborations that you need to be up to date with. 

It focusses on the pitfalls and ambiguities to avoid in these important and complex agreements, takes you through the stages of project management and guides you on how to achieve precision regarding IP definitions, ownership and use.

By giving you the knowledge of how to best approach your project you will know how to build relationships and manage the process for better outcomes.

The expert trainer tackles the issues of the academia-industry dichotomy and analyses the key aspects of patent/know-how licences and R&D collaborations, assessing the areas where things can and do go wrong.

This course is part of our collection of IP & Patents Training Courses.

Benefits of attending

By attending this comprehensive one-day seminar you will:

  • Ensure you have the practical mastery to give you the edge in crucial IP agreements
  • Analyse the key aspects of patent/know-how licences and R&D collaborations
  • Assess the areas where things can and do go wrong using draft agreements
  • Take away practical advice that will aid you in your day-to-day role
  • Compare experiences with delegates in similar roles


Who should attend

This course has been designed to give a comprehensive overview of patent/know-how licences and R&D collaborations. It’s applicable to all those who are new to these agreements or are looking for a refresher, including:

  • Patent attorneys
  • In-house lawyers
  • Private practice lawyers
  • Contracts managers
  • Technology transfer managers
  • Others involved in patent/know-how licences and R&D collaborations

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The Avoiding Pitfalls in Patent/Know-How Licences and R&D Collaborations course will cover:


  • Setting the scene – licences in the morning, R&D collaborations in the afternoon
  • Each session will be based on a real contract, covering what the parties wanted out of the arrangement, why key clauses were in there and the problems they encountered, legal, technical and relationship-wise, when implementing the contract
  • Lessons learned by the parties and their advisors from each scenario


Module 1: Patent/know-how licences

Key defined terms and how to avoid traps or ambiguity


  • Territory
  • Field
  • Exclusivity

Key financial terms including ‘royalties’, ‘offsets’ and ‘milestones’

  • The key aspects of provisions covering milestones and royalties
  • Scope of licence and non-competition provisions
  • Liability and dispute resolution

Common pitfalls

  • Defining the licensed IP
  • Licences of improvements
  • IP warranties
  • Dispute resolution

Module 2: R&D collaborations

Key clauses in the contract

  • Each party’s aims
  • Allocation of responsibility
  • Background IP applied
  • Plans for Foreground IP

Problems encountered

  • Role of the grantor
  • Project coordination
  • Letting problems fester
  • Diverging agendas
  • The solution

Common pitfalls

  • Confidentiality vs publication
  • Patenting vs sharing
  • Herding diverse stakeholders
  • Change of control or key personnel
  • National idiosyncrasies, Germany and China examples

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Richard Brady
British Legal Centre

Richard Brady is a lawyer who has spent many years working in Europe and the Middle East in the legal, financial and insurance arenas. He has a degree from Cambridge College of Teachers (2005) on Teaching English and founded the British Legal Centre in 2010. He has taught professional legal skills in many companies around the World, including Deloitte and Touche, EY, White & Case, Baker McKenzie, Shalakany Law Office, DLA Piper and Clifford Chance. He has also conducted live training courses at legal departments of corporations, including: Shell Oil, Master Foods, Air Liquide, DAMAC (Dubai), ENKA (Turkey) EMBRACO/Whirlpool (Brazil), and Mowasalat (Qatar).

His specialist areas include contract law, contract drafting, M&A in the pharma industry, arbitration law and FIDIC contracts.

More details

NEW higher discounts for multiple bookings - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate*
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate*
  • 50% off the 4th delegate*

Please contact us for pricing if you are interested in booking 5 or more delegates

18 July 2024

Live online

09:30-17:15 UK (London) (UTC+01)
10:30-18:15 Paris (UTC+02)
04:30-12:15 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 13822

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 823 979

Until 13 Jun

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28 November 2024

Live online

09:30-17:15 UK (London) (UTC+00)
10:30-18:15 Paris (UTC+01)
04:30-12:15 New York (UTC-05)
Course code 13999

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 823 979

Until 24 Oct

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* Early booking discounts may not be combined with other discounts or offers. As such, the discounts for 2nd/3rd/4th delegates are based on the full price; and apply only when booking multiple delegates on the same date.

Reviews of IPI's Avoiding Pitfalls in Patent/Know-How Licences and R&D Collaborations training course

The speaker was very cooperative in answering questions during all the presentations

Oct 3 2022

Annarita Aversa
Legal Counsel, Ferrero International

Sep 21 2017

The speakers and content were of a very high standard.

Seamus McCooey
Director of IP, Grifols Worldwide Operations

Sep 21 2017

I think it's great that it's highly ranked people giving the course with an international view – very important if you come from an international company. The hands-on practical part of the course made things much clearer.

Helena Reimers
Senior Legal Counsel, Sony Mobile Communications

Sep 21 2017

A very useful and insightful course with very engaging speakers who kept the audience's attention at all times.

Fiona Scott
Patent Attorney, Nexeon Limited

Sep 21 2017

The course totally met my expectations. The speakers were really professional with clear explanations.

Kitti Szamosi
Trademark Counsel, Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC

United Kingdom

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Biomet UK Healthcare Ltd
  • BOC Limited
  • Cambridge Display Technology Ltd
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Chelton Limited
  • Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
  • Conocophillips
  • Corin Limited
  • Crown Packaging UK PLC
  • David H L Edwards Ltd
  • De La Rue International Ltd
  • Dechert LLP
  • DSTL
  • Falconbury
  • First Light Fusion
  • GE Healthcare Ltd
  • Innovia Films Ltd
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • Lancaster University
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Medical Research Council
  • Nexeon Limited
  • Norgine Ltd
  • PolyOne / ColorMatrix
  • QuantuMDx
  • Ricardo UK Ltd
  • Stevens & Bolton LLP
  • Tristel Solutions Ltd
  • Unilever PLC
  • University of Bath
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Dundee
  • Warner Chilcott UK Ltd
  • Withers & Rogers LLP


  • Arkema France SA
  • BD Medical - Pharmaceutical Systems
  • Lafarge Services Groupe
  • Lesaffre international
  • Servier Monde
  • Total Raffinage Marketing


  • ETH Zurich, Partnerships for Innovation, Research Contracts Group
  • Inventio AG
  • JTI
  • Medicines for Malaria Venture
  • MMV Medicines for Malaria Venture
  • Omya International AG
  • Philip Morris
  • WIPO


  • Ascendis Pharma A/S
  • Coloplast
  • Coloplast A/S
  • Genmab A/S
  • Leo Pharma A/S
  • Technical University of Denmark


  • AstraZeneca
  • Maquet Critical Care AB
  • SCA
  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
  • Sony Mobile Communications


  • bvba Advocatenkantoor Suy, Van Baeveghem & Van Houtte
  • Redco NV
  • SESVanderHave NV/SA
  • Sofics BVBA


  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
  • KWS Berlin GmbH
  • Market Logic Software AG
  • Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH


  • Angelini Pharma s.p.a.
  • Sealed Air SRL


  • HaskoningDHV Nederland BV
  • NLO
  • Unilever


  • Huhtamaki
  • Neste Corporation


  • Egis Pharmaceuticals
  • Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC

Saudi Arabia

  • King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy
  • LFSH


  • Borealis

Czech Republic

  • Fyzikalni ustav AV CR, v.v.i.


  • Tata Steel


  • Grifols Worldwide Operations


  • Hilti AG


  • Ferrero International


  • Drug Discovery Laboratory AS


  • Orlen S.A.

United Arab Emirates

  • Rouse & Co International

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  • GBP 450
  • Per attendee, based on 10 attendees
  • Course tailored to your requirements
  • At your choice of location, or online


We can customise this course to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

Contact our in-house training experts Aleksandra Beer and Yesim Nurko to discuss your requirements:

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Aleksandra Beer

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

Yesim Nurko

Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749