Intellectual property aspects of corporate joint ventures
Produced in partnership with Matthew Warren of Bristows
Intellectual property aspects of corporate joint ventures

The following IP practice note produced in partnership with Matthew Warren of Bristows provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Intellectual property aspects of corporate joint ventures
  • Introduction
  • Life cycle of a joint venture
  • Formation of the joint venture
  • Contributing IP to the joint venture
  • Agreeing whether to assign or license IP to the joint venture
  • IP licensed in from third parties
  • Provision of IT services to the joint venture
  • Points to consider when assigning IP to the joint venture
  • Granting licences to the joint venture
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

Introduction

This Practice Note sets out some of the key IP issues that should be considered when setting up a joint venture (JV).

This Practice Note considers the scenario where two organisations (parent companies) set up a JV which is a separate legal entity (eg a company or a limited liability partnership), which they jointly own. It does not consider the IP issues that arise in contractual collaborations (where there is no separate legal entity). The IP considerations differ significantly in relation to contractual collaborations.

Life cycle of a joint venture

It is important to consider IP issues for all three phases of a JV’s life:

  1. at its formation

  2. during its lifetime, and

  3. when it comes to an end

Parent companies should decide how best to deal with these issues before embarking on the JV, to avoid the risk of disputes later on.

Formation of the

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