Authors: Julie D. Major
Addresses: 18 The Heights, Foxgrove Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 2BY, UK
Abstract: The initial step in the process of technology transfer is necessarily the disclosure of certain hitherto confidential information. Such information and the ideas or innovations embodied in it need to be protected, otherwise it loses value. Aggressive protection of embodied intellectual property rights is therefore advisable through patents, registered designs, copyright, etc. Defensive protection of confidential information is also desirable, through a secrecy agreement. Once the initial disclosures have been made, negotiations may begin to agree on how, when and to what extent the technology and its associated property rights are to be transferred. Besides licences, other agreements such as contract research collaboration, joint venture, manufacturing, supply, distribution and franchise agreements may be involved.
Keywords: technology transfer; licensing; intellectual property; confidential information; secrecy agreements; patents; copyright; registered designs; research collaboration; R&D; research and development.
International Journal of Technology Management, 1988 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.43 - 49
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