The Intellectual Property Office has cooperated with a number of international parties to create separate cooperation agreements in a number of countries. Model collaborative research agreements are in place. You will also find guidelines for the management of intellectual property in the context of international cooperation and a guide for cross-border decisions from the European Commission. This publication is available under www.gov.uk/government/publications/university-and-business-collaboration-agreements-model-consortium-agreements/university-and-business-collaboration-agreements-model-consortium-agreements The decision guide is intended for use only with bilateral research cooperation agreements. There is no decision guide for the 4 consortium agreements. This is due to the fact that there are too many possible alternatives to multi-stakeholder research. Public Health England has established a standard fast track agreement (MS Word Document, 62.4KB) to very quickly assess possible treatment options for Ebola and Zika and share the results with stakeholders for a coordinated global response. Following consultations, it is now available in the form of a model agreement that can be adapted to any crisis affecting human, animal and/or environmental health. Consortium agreements B and C have been designed for use with Innovate UK`s collaborative R&D programme. With a few modifications, they can be adapted for other circumstances.
The aim of the model agreements is to maximise innovation and promote cooperation with industry and knowledge sharing. The keystone of the 7 model research cooperation agreements is that at least one commercial “partner” (called a collaborator) has the right to use the results of the project on a non-exclusive basis to promote the exploitation of the results and, therefore, innovation. Agreements must be a viable and reasonable compromise for both parties or for all parties. The Lambert toolkit, including guides and model agreements, is only designed to be used if the agreements are governed by English law. To use another legal system, you must use legal advice from a qualified lawyer to deliberate on the law of that country. To help you choose which of the 7 model research cooperation agreements best fits the circumstances of your project, a decision guide guides you through some of the principles and criteria you want to take into account when deciding on ownership and rights of use of intellectual property. It may be useful to read this guide before using any of the Model Research Cooperation Agreements. Consortium agreements may not cover all circumstances that may arise between academic and research institutions and industrial partners in carrying out research. They illustrate terms that could be applied in four possible scenarios.
They should negotiate with the other parties in order to reach a consensus and a signed agreement before work on the project begins. There are two modelling agreements, one for bipartite cooperation agreements and the other for multi-party consortium agreements. These agreements can be used when a new party joins the project. One of the fundamental principles of all model agreements is that no amendment to the agreement is valid unless all existing parties agree in writing to the amendment. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) offers, through its Office of Clinical Research Infrastructures, a series of model research partnership agreements with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, universities and NHS organisations. The Intellectual Property Office worked with NIHR and the Medical Research Council to develop the Industry Collaborative Research Agreement (MICRA) model. . . .