When you need to collaborate, provide R&D services, or buy them in from third parties, you need to know that all the IP issues have been thought through and that your contract nails them to your best advantage. Because R&D is all about what hasn’t been created yet, you need lawyers with the experience to help you anticipate what might happen and what IP might be created and then establish clear lines of ownership and exploitation. Do your existing advisors really understand the technology? Do they have the commercial wisdom to add value rather than ‘boiler plate’? Can you secure the best deal possible?

Our specialist commercial team have the experience and commercial nous to help you anticipate what might happen and then not only negotiate the best deal, but also create and implement a strategy for doing so, time after time. We do so across all industries, from Pharma, Healthcare, and Chemicals to Automotive, Software and Electronics, Cleantech and beyond.

We will help you avoid pitfalls and secure the best deal by:

  • Bringing together our team of specialists and working with you to devise a strategy that optimises your position, in an achievable way
  • Devising checklists and heads of terms with you to facilitate simple and profitable deals that deal with all the IP issues in a smart way that maximises your rights
  • Working with you to draft and negotiate the deals to secure the position you deserve
  • Advising on clinical trials agreements
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