Research &Development Agreements,We're on your side

Research and development produces real innovation and huge value to businesses.

Whilst businesses may have the ability to perform such research internally, increasingly it makes commercial sense for businesses to partner with third parties to pool resources and skills to develop new processes or products. For example, these may include links with academic establishments or specialist providers of goods and services.

There are some essential issues surrounding intellectual property that need to be agreed from the very beginning of the project. Without a clear written agreement that sets down the ownership, obligations and liabilities of the parties involved, problems can arise further down the road.

For example, a typical idea born through research and development may move through the prototype stage to become a finished product available for the public to buy…

  • Have you and your partners decided who will own the copyright in any recorded material?
  • Do you know who owns the patent?
  • Have you reached agreement about licensing and how each party may use the results? Or,
  • How any royalties and profits will be divided?

It is essential that these issues are dealt with at the outset rather than at a point in the future when the parties are in dispute. Whether your invention or process becomes a success or a failure, the negotiations over the benefits and liabilities will be much more difficult once the project is underway.

How we can help

At Else Solicitors we have a team who have experience of working on a range of research and development projects. We have the expertise to ensure that the essential documents are correctly drafted and in place so that our clients are in a secure position in the event of future disputes or disagreements.

Our team will always be mindful of the commercial opportunities of research and development projects as well as the risks. We can advise on all the areas which need to be considered to help research and development collaborations run smoothly; including confidentiality (non-disclosure) agreements, joint venture agreements, or licensing agreements so that every step of the way your interests are protected and managed.

For more detailed legal advice in relation to research and development agreements, please contact the corporate and commercial team on 01283 526200, alternatively you can send us a message and one of our specialist intellectual property solicitors will be in touch.

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Experience in handling business mergers and acquisitions, disposals, corporate re-organisations, company share buy back, management buyouts, venture capital and private equity investment, and joint venture and partnership agreements.

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Adam Gilbert

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Greg gained his expertise working for a large regional law firm providing legal services to financial institutions, universities and a group of engineering and construction consultants.

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Associate - Dental, Corporate & Commercial

Ashley joined Else Solicitors in April 2017 as a Trainee Solicitor and is a member of the Corporate and Commercial team led by Partner Adam Gilbert.

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Corporate & Commercial Solicitor

Franzi has a LLB Law degree from the University of Derby and a Masters of Laws in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Law in Birmingham.

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We will use the full range of options available to us; from mediation and negotiation to court action at whatever level is appropriate.

To speak to one of our trusted professionals contact us on 01283 526200. Alternatively, you can send us a message and we will get in touch at a time that suits you.

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Adam Gilbert

Partner - Head of Corporate & Commercial

Greg gained his expertise working for a large regional law firm providing legal services to financial institutions, universities and a group of engineering and construction consultants.

View full profile here
Greg Bullock

Associate - Dental, Corporate & Commercial

Ashley joined Else Solicitors in April 2017 as a Trainee Solicitor and is a member of the Corporate and Commercial team led by Partner Adam Gilbert.

View full profile here
Ashley Taylor

Corporate & Commercial Solicitor

Franzi has a LLB Law degree from the University of Derby and a Masters of Laws in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Law in Birmingham.

View full profile here
Franzi Poxon

Trainee Solicitor