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Research Cooperation Agreement

The budget for a collaborative research convention should be absolutely clear as a research budget and be totally independent of all kinds of licensing revenues. The budget should also indicate when the payments will be made and clearly indicate when the in-kind funds will be made available. (2) There may be a legitimate need to protect a company`s business secrets as well as technical drawings, descriptions, formulas, models, etc., which the company may have passed on to university staff as part of the cooperation. The extent of any obligation of confidentiality must be defined from the outset in the cooperation agreement. As a general rule, these obligations may only contain information that the parties have classified as confidential in the context of the specific disclosure of the material. Each objective of the job description should be followed by a description of the methods and approaches to be used to resolve the relevant scientific issues. In addition, each objective must be very clear about what each partner (Institute scientists and corporate scientists) will do separately and collaboratively. This statement of responsibility is perhaps the most critical element of a research agreement, because without a clear understanding of responsibilities, partners may have unrealistic expectations and be frustrated. If we don`t know who`s going to experiment with each piece, both sides can sit down and wait in vain for the other to produce something. It cannot be stressed enough that it is very important to break down each of the scientific objectives of the work declaration into tasks and to make it clear who is responsible for each. All amendments should be signed in writing and by the relevant authorities as an annex to the agreement.

Protect yourself from informal changes that can happen when the project becomes more dynamic and researchers are excited. If not written, such amendments can lead to litigation and litigation. Therefore, make everyone understand that all important changes in research must be written and attached to the agreement. For information provided by one of the parties before or outside the scope of the Agreement, you may find it useful to use the terms usually contained in a confidentiality or confidentiality agreement. Like any confidentiality agreement, these clauses should set a time limit for the information to remain confidential. Typically, these deadlines are between two and five years after the end of the cooperation or from the date the information is generated. If the parties have a confidentiality or confidentiality agreement signed earlier, this document may simply be mentioned in the cooperation seeking agreement or the cooperation seeking agreement may indicate that it replaces the confidentiality agreement. Patent laws around the world are different. According to patent laws in almost every country outside the United States, inventiveness is determined by who is the first to file the patent (and participated in the discovery process). In the United States, inventiveness is determined by the first inventoried, and ownership follows inventiveness, that is, ownership belongs to all those who deposit first. This is called the “first to file” approach. It is therefore necessary for a Community research agreement to address the issue of ownership or refer to the national laws of partners.