Webcast : 'Open innovation' - Sharing intellectual property and competition law

In the case of collaborative R&D projects, companies sign agreements on how the results of joint research should be shared. However, too often, they neglect legally applicable restrictions relating to competition.

Open innovation is based on the precept that businesses can act faster if they no longer rely exclusively on their own resources to innovate. An increasing number of businesses are engaging in collaborative projects with chosen partners to ensure more efficient progress, via the signature of R&D agreements. These agreements define how confidentiality is to be managed and how the results of joint research are to be shared. 

However, they often fail to consider competition law, which does not provide for all types of collaboration. 

A. Cruquenaire and N. Neyrinck, Lawyers at the Cabinet Lexing, clarify these notions and offer indications on the type of agreements that are authorised, risky or forbidden.