The consortium agreement is primarily a project management tool. The aim is to organize relations between partners and share the fruits of cooperation. Do you have any questions? Don`t hesitate to contact Violaine Bigot, who is responsible for drive consortium contracts (firstname.lastname@example.org). The main questions that need to be asked before the signing of the consortium agreement are: before the project, it allows to take stock of the knowledge (FAQ: What are the previous knowledge, parallel and clean?) of each partner. Each party thus carries out an inventory of its knowledge (know-how, patents, software) held before the project is entered and necessary for its implementation. This inventory demonstrates the background and ownership of the knowledge listed in the consortium agreement, even if it is not protected by an intellectual property title. For example, secret know-how (S such as know-how) that cannot be protected can be mentioned in the consortium agreement and briefly described. This is how his background and membership in one of the partners are recognized. The elements outlined in this article are the classic clauses defined in the consortium agreements.
Parties may decide to include different commitments to adapt to the context and challenges of each project. Finally, the consortium agreement sets out the conditions for publication. Publication must be well connected to intellectual property and secrecy policy in order to complete publication and protection. The agreement therefore provides a framework for publications to protect the interests of partners by ensuring that confidential business information remains secret or is not disclosed/published in the patent application. The consortium is also attentive to safeguarding the interests of researchers for whom publication is essential. Therefore, the consortium must allow researchers to publish quickly and allow partners to review and modify the publication. Beware, these commitments can go beyond the project. The consortium agreement is a cooperation agreement that governs cooperation projects, i.e. projects involving public projects (for example. B Grenoble INP) and private (for example.
B companies), without the money flowing between the parties, each partner being subsidized for the project (for example. B a NAD). It is a private agreement signed between the partners to define reciprocal rights and obligations. Please note that if the project contains previous knowledge funded in parallel, such as a SATT project. B, the lawyer responsible for negotiating the consortium agreements should be informed in advance of the project`s completion. It can thus anticipate the negotiation of intellectual property and use clauses with partners. A first version of the agreement can be presented at the presentation of the project.