UK Intellectual Property Office Announces Release of “Lambert 2”
14 October 2016
The UK Intellectual Property Office (the “UKIPO”) has announced the release of “Lambert 2”, which builds upon the “Lambert Toolkit”, a series of model collaboration agreements aimed at facilitating collaboration between universities and businesses across the UK that wish to undertake research projects with each other. The model agreements serve as a starting point for the negotiation process, enabling the parties to agree the basic principles of a project as well as identifying any major issues early on, allowing for the early identification of solutions. Each model agreement envisages a different set of non-sector specific circumstances and can be adapted to meet the details of a particular collaborative project.
The UKIPO’s announcement is good news for both universities and businesses as Lambert 2 should serve as a valuable reference for simplifying the negotiation of collaboration agreements by providing adaptable examples of best practice whilst also reducing the time, cost and effort required to secure an agreement.