As part of the development of cooperation between Britain and India in the field of intellectual property, we have developed, in collaboration with Indian partners, an optional toolkit that we hope WILL be useful for IP practitioners in the UK and India as part of a practical framework to support IP management in cross-border research and development in the field of academic and industrial research and development, which will facilitate a more productive degree of research cooperation between the two countries. The toolkit provides basic guides and model agreements that help organizations in the UK and India understand how to effectively and quickly answer IP management questions, such as: who owns the IP system that derives from research? Is it allowed or assigned? If allowed, is it an exclusive license? How are disputes resolved? In order to help you decide which of the 7 research cooperation agreements is most consistent with the circumstances of your project, you have a decision guide through some of the principles and criteria you would like to consider in deciding ownership and intellectual property rights. It may be helpful to consult this manual before using one of the collaboration agreements with the model research. Standard agreements are starting points and their use is not mandatory. You should decide which of the 7 approaches is most appropriate and negotiate with the other party before you start working on the project. None of the seven research cooperation agreements deal with shared ownership of intellectual property. Examples of common owner clauses can be found in the Type A consortium agreement. Standard agreements are starting points and their use is not mandatory. Each model agreement provides for different circumstances and is not sectoral, allowing for flexible use. However, model agreements can be adapted to the particular circumstances of your project. In this regard, it is important to have a written agreement on the terms of cooperation. This allows the parties to clearly present in writing the expectations they expect from the project and the responsibilities of each party in connection with this project. In addition, a written cooperation agreement is generally concluded: the Intellectual Property Office has cooperated with a number of international parties to conclude separate cooperation agreements in a number of countries.
Model agreements for collaborative research are available. You will also find guidelines for ip management in the framework of international cooperation and a guide for cross-border decisions of the European Commission. The consortium agreements B and C have been developed for use with the collaborative research and e-program By Innovate UK.