The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Negotiating and Planning a Research Joint Venture
Kurt M. Saunders
California State University, Northridge
Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 75, 2003
Research joint ventures involve agreements among firms to engage in joint basic and applied research and development. This Article explores the importance of intellectual property rights in the formation of a research joint venture. The Article first considers the structural advantages afforded by the joint venture arrangement as to basic and applied research. Next, the Article identifies the intellectual property rights that the joint venture partners may bring into or develop during the term of their collaboration. The Article then considers the relevant antitrust implications of sharing and shared development of intellectual property rights. Finally, this Article assesses the intellectual property rights concerns that may arise at each stage of the research joint venture life cycle and offers strategies for addressing them during the negotiation and planning stages of the collaboration. The Article concludes by noting that if the firms can anticipate and manage many of the legal risks involved, they can maximize the many benefits and efficiencies that result from research collaboration.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Intellectual property, patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, joint venture, research, antitrust
JEL Classification: K1, K21, L00, L40, M10
Date posted: July 13, 2004
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