Research, development and collaboration agreements take a wide variety of forms, including:

– collaborations between commercial and academic organisations;
– collaborations between commercial organisations; and
– multi-party consortium agreements.

The common theme to these agreements is two or more organisations working together to advance one or more of their existing technologies, or to combine their technologies to produce something new. These agreements range from simple documents to very complex arrangements.

This Guidance Note takes an overview of some of the key issues that the parties to a collaboration or consortium agreement should consider.

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