INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP on TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER & LICENSING AGREEMENTS Focus-Indo-EU Industry Partnerships

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP on TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER & LICENSING AGREEMENTS Focus-Indo-EU Industry Partnerships

 

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About The Event

Background Information*

Technology transfer and licensing are not just about import of design, drawings or equipment.  They also involve complex issues related to legal agreements and intellectual property rights licensing

When the technology is applied in the productive system, the equipment or machinery interacts with the knowledge and / or methods of its operations – the soft-skill part of it. Furthermore, a social structure and organizational knowledge appropriate to the level & characteristics of the technology being licensed is also very important. Without any of these components, the technology being licensed can not be efficiently absorbed, diffused and assimilated in the system.

Apart from the above three main issues, the other challenging issues faced by organizations in technology transfer and licensing are –

 

  1. Technology Scouting, Sourcing, Assessment and Selection: The technology recipient in many instances lack information about different technologies available and are restricted to identifying available options. The SME entrepreneurs are not in a position to pay for technology assessment and they also lack knowledge about the trend of technological change.  The related IPR challenges are to identify the IPR elements in the technology, to understand the IPR licensing options related to such technology acquisition and to craft the appropriate license terms.

Technology Adaptation, Adoption and Licensing Issues: Technology developed in foreign industrialized countries is, in general, created at a higher level of development, with different economies of scale, and often with different technological requirements. It thus becomes necessary for a recipient country to adapt the imported technology to avoid the negative effects on employment, cultural patterns and habits, and effects leading to increasing dependence on imported raw materials and spare parts. Adaptation of technology to the requirements of the licensee is an important aspect which should be looked into when signing technology licensing agreements. The related IPR challenges are to identify the adaptations and alterations, to determine who owns IPR in such adaptations, to craft an agreement for IPR allocation of such

  1. adaptations [and if needed, for licensing/cross-licensing] between the technology provider and the technology acquirer.

  2. Technology updation and upgradation: Technology development and transfer mechanisms are needed for continuous innovation at the firm level. But SMEs do not have technology creation mechanisms due to limited resources. Hence the  technology licensees should look into the aspects related to future technological upgradations, when signing technology licensing agreements. Here again, understanding the IPR options related to such technology upgradation becomes crucial for the technology acquirer failing which the acquirer could miss valuable opportunities and could incur future costs/inconveniences.


  3. Skilling / Re-Skilling of Manpower - Studies conducted in the past reveal that lack of adequately trained manpower for operation and maintenance of imported machinery is a serious problem in several industries. Lack of clear provision for training of technical people of the industries from technology suppliers is one of the causes for inadequate expertise to handle and maintain the technology transferred. One of the appropriate measures for resolving this problem is to ensure that training programmes are included in the technical contracts, with training of skilled workers and technicians. Training materials and courseware are also the subject of IPR licensing and these must be understood well to reduce dependence on the provider.


  4. Sourcing of Components and Sub-Assemblies - Often production operations are jeopardized because of delay in procuring spare parts of machinery imported from foreign countries. Moreover, rapid obsolescence of the imported machinery further makes it increasingly difficult to obtain spare parts. One of the best ways to resolve such problems is to develop our own technological capability to absorb and adapt the imported technology rather than to look for short-term solutions. Technology licensing agreements should include the help of licensor to source components and equipments, while also knowledge about the current sources and global suppliers for the critical component / equipment. If the technology acquirer is able to identify and protect the IP it is generating, and is conversant with the IPR licensing options open to it, such technology acquirer gains valuable negotiating strength.


  5. Investments - Technology transfer and development is an area where lot of investment is needed because it requires adequate infrastructure and long duration to develop and test the technology. If technology licensor is also making investments, the terms of investments of each party should be clearly spelled out and honoured in letter and spirit by each party. Here again, knowledge of the various business options that open up because of IPR should be known to the technology acquirer. That will provide valuable business benefits and mitigate various risks.

Objective of the Workshop

  • The objective of the Workshop is to share the experiences of various industry as well as legal and patent experts for the benefit of industry – mainly MSME’s. This is important because many corporate, especially MSME’s rather view the entire Technology Transfer Agreement process as low-value activity and do not attach much importance to this document during a Technology Collaboration process with a foreign entity. The result is frequently failing JV’s in India.

  • Based on the expertise of the Speakers, a hand-book shall also be developed which shall act as a guide for Technology Transfer & Licensing Agreements.

  • The organizers also intend to take the inputs from the participants on the necessity of establishing regular short / long term training programs for various technology professionals involved in technology scouting, assessment and absorption processes.

Target Audience

  • Professionals working in corporate in technology transfer and licensing issues – in the Information Technology, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Clean Technologies, Machine-Tools, Renewable Energy Technology sectors.

  • Legal firms and experts working in the area of International Technology Transfer and Licensing of IPR .

  • Technologists and Managers working in various functions related to supply-chain management, standards & certifications, manufacturing, projects, software development, quality function deployment, alliances and JV’s and finance would benefit from the course because they would learn how to mitigate risks, gain competitive advantage and open up new business options in acquiring or providing technology:


DAY 1:

0930 –1000 Hrs

Registration

1000 – 1100 Hrs

 Inaugural Session

1100 – 1130 Hrs

Networking with Tea/Coffee

1130 – 1300 Hrs

Plenary Sessions - Are you prepared for success in Technology & Licensing Deals?"

1300 – 1400 Hrs

Networking Lunch

1400 – 1700 Hrs

Concurrent Sessions on IT & Manufacturing

Technical Session 1:

Be with “IT” – get it right from the word – “Agreement”! 

Technical Session 2:

The Brick & Mortar of the Technology & Licensing Agreements 

DAY 2:

1000 – 1300 Hrs

Technical Session 3:

Giving life to Technology Transfer & Licensing Agreements in Life-Sciences Sector

1300 – 1400 Hrs

Networking Lunch

1400 – 1530 Hrs

Special Session:

1400 – 1430 Hrs

Options & Pitfalls in Licensing Intellectual Property (Patents. Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade-Secrets): Legal Aspects

1430 – 1500 Hrs

Taxation of royalties – including identification of suitable jurisdictions for inbound and outbound royalty payments

1500 – 1530 Hrs

Joint Ventures & Technology Transfer

1530 – 1600 Hrs

Networking with Tea/Coffee

1600 – 1730 Hrs

Special Plenary:

Issues in Cross-border Technology Licensing & Research Commercialisation

Dr. David Secher – Patron, PraxisUnico, Life Fellow and Senior Bursar of Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

 

About the Organisers

  • Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India

Steinbeis builds bridges between the world of science, academia, and business. Always focused on the actual benefits of transfer, our success lies in the value-added for our client.

The Steinbeis Foundation was established under civil law in 1971 as a non-profit making Organization in Germany. It was named after the "founding father of modern business promotion", Ferdinand von Steinbeis, who rendered outstanding services to the promotion of business, trade and industry in Wurttemberg back in the 19th century.

Today the Steinbeis Foundation is a leading international service provider in technology and knowledge transfer. Geared to decentralized operations, the Steinbeis Transfer Network is made up of more than 950 legally dependent as well as independent Steinbeis Enterprises in 18 countries and project partners in 38 countries. The Steinbeis portfolio of services covers: research and development; consulting; evaluation and expert reports; training and employee development. The turnover of Steinbeis GmbH in 2012 was 142 Million Euros (approx. Rs. 1000 Crores).


Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer, India (SCTI) is a Technology Transfer Network Centre of Steinbeis GmbH, Germany, with its office at Hyderabad, India. It is the Indian representative arm of Steinbeis Global network. Steinbeis India is also involved in establishing a Steinbeis India network, where each Centre specializes in its own stream of technology and has excellent resources in terms of laboratories and expert faculty. Hence the industry interested to outsource its technology development work with an institution does it at a fraction of cost involved – that if it were to borne the entire cost of its own. This is further backed by enormous knowledge resources, which can be assessed by each Centre by networking with its peer institutions within the Steinbeis network globally.

Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer, India (SCTI) is managed by Technopreneurs with wide experience in handling technology transfer, commercialization, certifications, training, research reports, international business, organising seminars and networking between industry and academia. Areas of operations include Automotive, Life-Sciences, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy & specially Solar PV.

  • Licensing Executives Society, India

Founded in 1972, LES International (LESI) is the umbrella organization of national and regional associations for licensing executives.LES International (LESI) is a global business association made up of 32 national and regional societies, representing more than 12,000 individual members in over 90 countries, all involved in the licensing, transfer and management of intellectual property rights.

Individual members include management representatives from large, medium and small companies, scientists, engineers, academicians, governmental officials, lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys and consultants

LES India is the national LES society in India [organized as a not-for-profit company] responsible for LES activities in India. LES India was incorporated in 2000

The Mission of LES India :

a) To function as a non - profit professional society encouraging high professional standards among individuals engaged in the transfer and licensing of technology and industrial, or intellectual property rights. 


b) To assist its members in improving their skills and techniques in licensing through self education, the conduct of special studies and research, the sponsorship of educational meetings, the publication of statistics, reports, articles and other material, and the exchange of ideas related to domestic and foreign licensing.

c) To inform the public, international bodies, governmental bodies, and the business community concerning the economic significance of licensing and the high professional standards of those engaged in the licensing profession.

d)  To make available to its members the latest, most accurate information on licensing.

 

  • Technology Law Forum

Technology Law Forum (TLF) was formed in 2003. The founder members were lawyers with technology backgrounds, technology industry experience or a focus on technology sectors. With India’s technology businesses booming and with the advent of global competition, the TLF founders felt that Indian industry would benefit from:

  1. TLF’s exclusive focus on Technology Law issues - bringing global technology law updates to Indians. And examining and presenting the Indian perspective as well.

  2. TLF’s aim of equipping Indian managers and technologists with technology law essentials, so they can add value to their respective functions, achieve  superior  results, negotiate technology deals in a superior way and avoid significant risks.

Since then, TLF has conducted various educational sessions on Technology Law topics either on its own or with Nasscom, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, the Western India Regional Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, a judicial academy, various colleges and others, for:

  1. Company Secretaries 
  2. Information Technology Personnel 
  3. Company Executives 
  4. Police Officers 
  5. Judicial Officers 
  6. Information  Security specialists 
  7. College Students 

 

  • European Business & Technology Center

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) supports EU cleantech businesses and researchers on their market entry to India and offers hands-on support in the early stages of expansion. Through its offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, EBTC is offering complete end-to-end solutions to cleantech organizations who want to enter and ensure success in the Indian market. EBTC’s efforts focus on 4 key sectors – Biotech, Energy, Environment and Transport – all offering enormous scope for closer EU-India collaboration.

                EBTC Services -  

Market Insight - Guidance on doing business in India, Information on regulatory framework, Information on market access barriers, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)- Help desk, Focused market reports

 

Market Access Roadmap - Screening of projects in India at national or state level, Identification of potential business partners , Design of market entry strategy, Customised market intelligence

Market Strategy Implementation - Proactive incubation services to acclimatise with minimum risk and costs, Hands-on-support in bidding for projects, Assistance in finalising pilot projects, Liaising with government and financial institutions

 

EBTC’s IPR Helpdesk – an advisory to deal with IPR issues arising out of EU-India partnerships and joint programs

EBTC’s Cluster Helpdesk – facilitating EU-India cluster to cluster partnership and helping EU and Indian companies leverage the opportunities that arise. Thereby, enabling clusters in both regions to help in the internationalization of their companies.

 

Focus on Innovation and Cluster Development

  • Sharing best practices.
  • Enabling collaboration and developing a supportive eco-system.
  • Mentoring EU and Indian organizations to develop joint programs.
  • Guiding business and R&D consortiums to avail financing at a number of strategic levels.
  • Nurturing business and R&D projects to promote innovation via joint EU-India programs.

EBTC Role in Research

National Innovation Council of India launched the EBTC Cluster Helpdesk

EU-India Cluster Collaboration Platform

 

  • Indo-German Chambers of Commerce
  • British High Commission –Science & Innovation Network
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    • Engaged in the promotion of Indo-German Business since 1956, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) is not only the first Bi-national chamber in India, but also one of the largest bi-national chamber worldwide.   With around 6700 members, the IGCC retains its distinction of being the largest German bi-national Chamber of Commerce abroad.

    • The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is constituted with the view to maintain strict neutrality in all matters connected with Indo-German economic relations.  This neutrality is guaranteed by an equal representation of German and Indian nationals on the Committee.  The Indo-German Chamber is a non-profit making company established under the “Indian Companies Act VII” of 1913, incorporated in Bombay on 14th January 1956 and has thus been in existence for 54 years.

    • The Indo-German Chamber offers services that are crucial for success in Indo-German business. In more than 56 years of bringing India and Germany together, the IGCC has created a range of services that will ensure success. With its vast experience and expertise in Indian and German Markets, the IGCC is your partner in all stages of business development, from formulating entry strategies to setting up local offices and communicating expansion to core markets. 

    • Besides its head office in Mumbai, the IGCC maintains offices in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune and Bangalore, and a liaison office in Dusseldorf. The IGCC has also appointed 16 honorary representatives in other towns and cities in order to facilitate better business contacts.  For many years, the Chamber's work has been supported by Regional Councils in the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western regions of India.

    • In addition to this, the IGCC has established 8 India Desks in different bi-national Chambers of Commerce abroad and 16 in different Chambers of Commerce & Industry in various cities of Germany.  It has also a representative in Brussels.  This wide-spread network has been established in order to help German and Indian businesses augment global partnerships and make use of the Chamber’s global presence.

 

UK Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. The UK’s research base is second in the world to the US for scientific excellence and the most productive in the G8 in per capita terms. It creates 6% of the world’s scientific articles and almost 14% of the most cited papers in the world. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the international Science and Innovation Network (SIN). SIN consists of 90 staff, based in 28 countries and 47 cities around the world. In India we are present at the British High Commission, Delhi and British Deputy High Commission, Bangalore and Mumbai. We also have colleagues who cover science and innovation as part of their work in Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. SIN officers engage with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas.

Further information and contact details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/global-science-and-innovation-network / SIN Global website: http://bit.ly/SINglobal.

  • Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

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