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Conference on Licensing, Transfer of Ownership and Dispute Resolution -
Commercialization of Intellectual Property Generated in International R&D Projects

organized by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Licensing Executives Society (LES), and WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

supported by
Simplified FP7 Model Agreement (DESCA)

Vienna, Friday, June 1, 2012


The successful development and commercialization of technology requires careful drafting of research and development (R&D) contracts and subsequent agreements. Disruptions – such as disputes arising in relation to intellectual property (IP) assets as critical elements of economic value – can cause serious damage. A strategy to manage such risks and to resolve any potential disputes in R&D collaborations and their subsequent commercial exploitation through licensing or assignments, therefore, is vitally important.

Decisions relating to IP ownership and use of research results in both the R&D and the subsequent commercialization phases need to be taken at an early stage. This conference will provide an overview of relevant agreements concluded in the R&D and commercial exploitation stages to illustrate their interrelation, with a particular focus on IP and dispute resolution. Methods of evaluating and valuating IP for the purpose of its commercialization, such as in relation to licensing royalty rates, will be presented. Experienced practitioners will address selected issues of Belgian, English, US and German law relevant for licensing and transfer of ownership of IP generated in international research, and dispute resolution, and will share best practices and experiences.

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 IP licensing, technology transfer, and dispute resolution. The workshop intends to integrate perspectives and provoke discussion on these interrelated fields, with an outlook to the European Union Framework Program for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020).

The conference is organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and supported by the Simplified FP7 Model Agreement (DESCA). The reception will be sponsored by the law firm DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach GmbH.


The faculty for this Workshop will consist of speakers from industry, universities, research organizations, law firms and the European Commission.


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

  • Contracts in the Technology Transfer Chain
  • IP Provisions in FP7 Consortium Agreements
  • Evaluation and Valuation of IP for the Purpose of their Commercialization
  • Licensing and Transfer of Ownership in Different Jurisdictions - Commercialization of IP Generated in FP7 Projects
  • Dispute Resolution Provisions in FP7 and Commercialization Agreements
  • Roundtable Discussion: Experience in IP Exploitation, Valuation and Dispute Resolution
  • Outlook: The New IP Provisions and Their Potential Impact on Commercialization of Inventions under Horizon 2020

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, licensing and other technology transfer activities.

Venue Timetable Language

Tech Gate Vienna
Conference Room 0.1
Donau-City-Straße 1
1220 Vienna

Friday, June 1, 2012 English

Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the Workshop will be limited to 300 persons 120 EURO
80 EURO (special rate for Members of LES)
If registered participants are unable to attend the workshop for any reason they may substitute someone else from the same organization by arrangement with FFG. FFG cannot offer a refund of the registration fee Please register online

Contact Details:

Ms Karin Kurzweil
FFG Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Sensengasse 1
1090 Vienna
T +43 (0)57755-4903
F +43 (0)57755-94900
E karin.kurzweil@ffg.at

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