We are retained advisers to research councils and major funding organisations and advise on major UK and EU funding and innovation programmes.
As a result, we have an in-depth and practical understanding of the innovation ecosystem, the competing objectives of its stakeholders and the key commercial and contractual issues relating to all types of all IP development and commercialisation contracts.
We can help with the following:
- NDAs and MTAs
- R&D agreements and collaborations
- EU consortium agreements
- studentship agreements
- knowledge transfer partnerships
- licenses and commercialisation agreements
- spin outs
- joint ventures, partnerships and collaborations
- templates production and management
- state aid compliance
To help over stretched in-house legal teams in all types of research organisations to manage the time commitment, risk and cost associated with large volumes of research and tech transfer agreements we have developed a highly successful suite of focused products:
R&D Contract Manager
R&D Contract Manager is a fixed cost, end to end contract review and negotiation service for agreements covering research and development activities.
R&D Translator is a fixed cost, end to end contract review and negotiation service for agreements covering technology transfer activities.
R&D Template Manager
R&D Template Manager is a managed template production service which draws upon our extensive set of regularly maintained research and tech transfer agreements. These can be used as a cost effective starting point for any template project so that we are not reinventing the wheel for each project.
Examples of our work include advising:
Manchester Metropolitan University - in relation to a large number of Research and Knowledge Exchange contracts comprising IP licensing of MMU technologies, research collaborations, studentships, knowledge transfer partnerships and grant funding agreements, including EU projects and spin-outs/joint ventures.
University of Nottingham - on over 300 research projects covering various sector technologies and applications, ranging from NDAs and MTAs to complicated multi-party, international collaborations and consortiums, cross-licensing and royalty schemes together with State Aid compliance.
Transport Systems Catapult - in the licensing arrangements for the development and commercialisation of intelligent simulation technology to create opportunities for enhanced transport and mobility solutions including autonomous vehicles.
Universities & research organisations is part of Shoosmiths’ wider intellectual property offering. If you would like help finding the right team or lawyer please contact us on +44 (0)3700 863 000 or contact us by email to [email protected].