Current studies on knowledge and technology transfer suggest that the aggregation, transfer, application and dissemination of knowledge and technology are key to sustainable economic prosperity in the emerging global economy of the 21st century. Therefore, effective management and transfer of know-how and technology are some of the most critical skills of organisations and corporations in the globalised knowledge society.
It is therefore not surprising that leading innovative companies such as Google, GE, Siemens, Airbus and others regularly report on their successful activities in technology transactions, which - as many experts believe - have a positive impact on their equity and share values or market capitalisation.
Intellectual property rights (IP) such as patents, trademarks, utility models and secret know-how play a decisive role during a successful transaction. They are representative and key to the transfer and the commercial value of a transaction. Licencing involves a contractual agreement between parties about the profitable use of a proprietary technology. A licence is therefore a successful "win-win" situation for both parties.
Licensing & Technology Transfer
Based on the experience of many technology transactions for globally operating companies through small start-ups as well as small and medium sized enterprises (SME), we offer a comprehensive spectrum of services:
- Commercial and legal evaluation of technologies and IP assets (patents, trademarks, industrial design, copyrights)
- IP portfolio valuation e.g. in the context of capital procurement
- Structuring new business models based on the transfer of technologies
- Preparation of transactions, including preparation, negotiation and review of contracts and its economic and legal terms
- Assessment of market and portfolio-specific risks and opportunities of IP asset transactions
- Control and enforcement of licencing agreements, including licence management
Commercial agreements leveraging on the exploitation of IP rights often include various forms of licensing, distribution, sponsorship, franchising, co-marketing, R&D, and technology transfer agreements. The relevant agreements should therefore be carefully tailored to the particular business model.