Research & development

Research and development has a fundamental role to play in the never-ending drive to retain customers and consumers and to attract new ones. At the same time, the stakes are high: effective R&D requires the investment of valuable and hard-won resources and the need to ensure that these are properly channelled and that maximum commercial advantage is extracted from R&D activity is ever-present.

Spearing Waite can provide you with the right legal advice to ensure that your collaborative R&D relationships with co-developers, licensors and licensees, and other outside bodies, are properly documented using comprehensive and properly drafted contract documents.

Our commercial lawyers a will provide you with reliable, practical and commercially-sound advice on all the things that you need to consider, including:

  • Choosing the right legal structure for the collaboration
  • Protecting your intellectual property rights
  • Licensing in and out of technology and know-how
  • Ensuring that your development programme is properly structured with clear objectives
  • Funding of the development programme
  • Allocating of roles and responsibilities
  • Rights to exploit the fruits of the development programme
  • Moving from development to commercialisation

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