Workshop on International R&D and Technology Transfer Contracts – Negotiations, Intellectual Property Rights and Dispute Resolution

Organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the Magister Lvcentinvs/Fundación General (University of Alicante) and AIPPI Grupo Español
Alicante, Friday, March 11, 2011


The cross-border dimension of R&D and technology transfer often involves a variety of entities and can result in multi-layered R&D relationships involving complex legal, commercial or management issues, including such related to intellectual property rights.

To ensure the success of R&D and technology transfer transactions, any related framework including licensing, joint ventures, alliances, spin-offs and buyer-supplier relationships can benefit from a careful choice on dispute resolution which may be considered in contract negotiations at different stages of R&D and technology transfer processes.

This workshop will provide an overview of relevant agreements including R&D contracts, material transfer agreements and licensing agreements. Leading professionals from the European Commission, universities, companies, technology transfer offices and law firms will present their experience and best practices. Discussion topics will include the use of model agreements, specific questions arising in projects funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), commercialization of IP assets and the consequences of choice of law clauses in terms of IP protection and the performance of a contract.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together speakers from industry, universities, research organizations and technology transfer offices to present their extensive experience at the frontline of contract negotiation, drafting R&D agreements, technology transfer and alternative dispute resolution.

The meeting is organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the Magister Lvcentinvs/Fundación General (University of Alicante) and AIPPI Grupo Español.


The faculty for this Workshop will consist of speakers from the European Commission, Fusion for Energy (F4E), industry, universities, research organizations, law firms and technology transfer offices.


The Program will consist of sessions devoted to the following subjects:

  • Agreements in R&D and Technology Transfer: Best Practices and Model Agreements
  • Contract Negotiations, Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution in International Research Collaborations – Perspectives from Universities, Research Organizations, SMEs and Large Companies
  • Agreements in FP7 Projects – Frequent Questions to the IPR Helpdesk: Contract Negotiations, Project Management, IP and Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiating Royalties – Commercializing Intellectual Property Assets
  • Choice of Law, Jurisdiction and Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Technology Transfer IP disputes and related activities
  • Case study – Mediation Related to Royalty Rates Provision of License Agreement under the WIPO Mediation Rules

Full program

Provisional Agenda

Who should attend?

The workshop is tailored for lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys and representatives from industry, research institutes, universities and public organizations involved in research and development and technology transfer activities.

Venue Timetable Language
Salón de Grados de la Facultad de Económicas

University of Alicante
Crta San Vicente del Raspeig, s/n

Friday March 11, 2011
The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the Workshop will be limited to 60 persons 125 EURO
75 EURO (special rate for Members of AIPPI, AAMIL, EARTO)
If registered participants are unable to attend the workshop for any reason they may substitute someone else from the same organization by arrangement with Fundación General. Fundación General cannot offer a refund of the registration fee. Please send the registration form by fax or e-mail to Escuela de Negocios (Fundación General) (see below)

Contact Details

Escuela de Negocios

T +34965909373
F +34965909369

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