Collaboration agreements and joint development are trending. Partnerships with academia as well as cross-industry and multidisciplinary projects occur ever more frequently, in particular given ever-increasing complexity. However, these collaborations raise a number of intellectual property issues, for example with respect to background and the exploitation of foreground. During our work group meeting on 4 June, these matters will be examined both from a legal and a practical point of view.

These questions will be discussed by Mr. Ignace Vernimme and Ms. Joanna De Smedt of the law firm Stibbe as well as Ms. Annemie Jaeken and Ms. Annemie Swinnen of patent attorney firm V.O. 

Come to this practical training to learn about innovation processes and to find out how to set up the best possible collaborations, combining protection of your innovations and optimal commercial benefits. 


09:30     Welcome word 

09:45     Introduction: interactive quiz with real-life examples 

10:00     Innovative collaborations and collaboration agreements – Part I 

  • What are the benefits and risks when companies collaborate?
  • How to collaborate: the different steps in a collaboration process
  • Protecting your intellectual property and safeguarding your confidential information
  • Types of agreements relating to the collaboration process
    • Non-disclosure agreements
    • Non-analysis agreements
    • Research/ development agreements
    • Manufacturing agreements

 10:45     Coffee break

 11:00     Innovative collaborations and collaboration agreements – Part II 

  • Pitfalls of collaboration agreements
  • Identifying pitfalls via contract clauses and case studies 

11:45     Q&A and closing remarks

Participation is reserved for members of Agoria. 

Presentations will be given in English, discussions in the language of the participants. 


Tuesday 4 June 2019, 09:30 - 12:00


BluePoint Brussels
A. Reyerslaan 80
1030 Brussel

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Participation is free, while Agoria applies a no-show fee of 50 EUR. For any questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact Bert Spreuwers (