The Intellectual Property Office has developed a series of standard agreements to help universities and businesses (particularly small and medium-sized enterprises) improve their cooperation. The agreements define a number of approaches to intellectual property ownership and use. They are easy to modify so that the text can be adapted to the negotiated agreement. The decision guide is intended only for the use of bilateral cooperation agreements in the field of research. There is no decision guide for the 4 consortium agreements. This is because there are too many possible alternatives for multi-party research. The Brunswick Studentship agreement is for use between a university and a company assisting a graduate student. This agreement is not intended to be used between universities and trade organizations. An MTA human tissue model was created as part of the Brunswick Group initiative.
The approach is deliberately minimal and is not intended for all situations. In particular, it is not suitable for use with clinical materials. The situations in which it is known that there is an IP position that needs to be treated with care are also not appropriate. However, we avoided the inclusion of incriminating IP terms, in case mental protection was a problem, by insisting that no one in the drafting group would propose an amendment that they would not accept, both as donors and as recipients. This agreement is not intended to be used between universities and business organizations, a mission that is addressed by the Lambert Group. The consortium agreements B and C have been developed for use with the collaborative research and e-program By Innovate UK. Some changes make it possible to adapt them to other circumstances. Standard agreements are starting points and their use is not mandatory. Each model agreement provides for different circumstances and is not sectoral, allowing for flexible use. However, model agreements can be adapted to the particular circumstances of your project. Developing a cooperation agreement at the beginning of a project before the creation of intellectual property (IP) can then save a lot of negotiations. The aim of the pilot agreements is to maximize innovation and promote cooperation with industry and knowledge sharing.
The cornerstone of 7-model research cooperation agreements is that at least one commercial “partner” (the so-called collaborator) has the right not to exclusively use the results of the project to promote the exploitation of results and thus innovation. Agreements are supposed to be a viable and reasonable compromise for both or all parties. The Intellectual Property Office has worked with a number of international parties to conclude separate cooperation agreements in a number of countries. Model agreements for collaborative research are available. You will also find guidelines for ip management in the framework of international cooperation and a guide for cross-border decisions of the European Commission. Kurzform Joint Award Letter This simple letter will be published by a governing institution to provide funding and association of a competing cooperating institution under the terms and conditions of a research council or research organization. The abbreviated price letter is intended to govern cooperations funded by research councils and charities, where: Model agreements are starting points and their use is not mandatory. You should decide which of the 7 approaches is most appropriate and negotiate with the other party before you start working on the project. None of the seven research cooperation agreements deal with shared ownership of intellectual property.
Examples of common ownership clauses can be found in the Model A consortium agreement. The standard agreements approved by National help speed up the process of awarding industry-supported trials to the NHS by eliminating the need for site-by-site audits and local legal agreements.