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Technology and innovation sprints are a sign of today’s modern commercial climate.  Businesses need to be able to adapt swiftly to the demands and challenges of this environment in order to continue driving forward.  Whether you specialise in research and development (R&D), are an innovator, or, are looking to collaborate with other experts, our specialist technology solicitors are able to assist.  

We understand the agile and rapid nature of innovation and the importance of having well-drafted contracts.  There can be lots of pitfalls and complexities involved when undertaking research, collaborating with third parties and ultimately taking a product to market, including:

  • ensuring intellectual property rights (whether existing or new) are properly protected and vest in the correct parties;
  • disclosing confidential information and know-how to third parties and ensuring the same is kept confidential and only used for the specific purpose of the disclosure;
  • licensing of intellectual property rights and payment of royalties;
  • putting the correct corporate structure in place;
  • having appropriate terms and conditions in place for the supply of goods and/or services to businesses and/or consumers.

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Our Expertise

We have significant experience in advising clients on all stages of R&D projects including corporate structures, confidentiality agreements, licensing, intellectual property rights protection and exploitation and production and development agreements.

Recent examples of our work in this area include:

  • assisting a scientific analytical company on the acquisition of laboratory facilities and advising and negotiating the terms of a manufacturing agreement for testing kits working to extremely tight deadlines;
  • advising a PPE business on going to market, putting in place shareholder protection, and ensuring that intellectual property licences are in place;
  • advising a product manufacturer on the terms of an undergraduate secondment agreement for an R&D project;
  • advising an entrepreneurial company on the terms of a research and development agreement for the development of a prototype product to be commoditised;
  • drafting terms and conditions for the collection, transportation and testing of soil samples for possible contaminants;
  • assisting an environmental science company with the extension of its UKAS accreditation.

We also recognise that disputes can arise at various stages of an innovation project whether the dispute is between shareholders, relates to IP ownership, licensing terms or royalty payments or arises as part of the day to day operation of the project.  Our expert commercial litigation solicitors are able to provide sound strategic advice to assist you through such difficult times.

Our Approach

Our ethos is to provide our clients with an alternative to the major regional and national firms by offering high-quality legal advice from highly experienced, specialist solicitors, but on a much more cost-effective basis.

We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives for a particular piece of work and in relation to costs. We are easy to deal with, clear in our advice and understand that a common-sense approach is often required. As standard practice, we give our clients an estimate of the costs involved in undertaking any piece of work at the outset. We can then provide costs updates on a regular basis. In addition, where appropriate, we are happy to discuss other pricing models (for example, fixed fees and retainer arrangements) if that is helpful to you.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Carla Murray

Carla Murray

Carla is a Partner in our Corporate Commercial department

Scott Sands

Scott Sands

Scott is a Partner in our Corporate and Commercial department

Laura Scarff

Laura Scarff

Laura is an Associate in our Corporate Commercial department

Ryan Fletcher

Ryan Fletcher

Ryan is a Solicitor in our Corporate Commercial department

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