University Tech Transfers

Get the best possible license agreement with the university for your startup

If you are 

  • studying at the ETH/EPFL or a university 
  • working or doing research at the ETH/EPFL, a university or any other research institution or 
  • you founded an ETH/EPFL or university spin-off startup 

our legal experts will help you understand the legal framework regarding intellectual property in academic research, guide you through technology transfer negotiations with your institution and make sure you get the best possible conditions for your startup to scale. 

Get expert advice on your technology transfer

Guidance from beginning to the end 

Profit from our experience in negotiating license agreements with universities – we understand the legal implications, but also the business effects. Our IP experts can assist you during the whole technology license negotiation process with your university – from the first draft of the term sheet to the final license agreement. 

Save time and money 

By having the LEXR team guide you through the negotiation process and work on the conditions of your licensing agreement, you will save tremendous amounts in the long run. We will negotiate for the inclusion of tailor-made clauses in the license agreement and ensure you have as much freedom as possible when producing your licensed products.  

Work with a team that understands your university IP and your business 

Over the years, we have worked with many tech-based start ups. Since every project has its own specificities, the LEXR team will help you change the initial position of the institution by assisting you throughout the negotiating phase and amending the term sheet. Afterwards we will tailor the agreement to your needs, with all the technical and commercial aspects of your business in mind.  

Gain investor confidence 

You can rest assured that you will have a bespoke license over the exact IP that you require. Having a well-negotiated licensing agreement will ensure that your business runs smoothly and can expand into the markets you deem appropriate. Naturally, investors will be attracted to the secure foundation of your business model. 

Our support options: 

Our experts support at any stage, from defining an IP strategy for your spin-off to reviewing and negotiating a technology transfer / license agreement with your university.

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Tech transfer term sheet package 

For those with a draft license agreement or term sheet already, we offer a flat-fee review package:  

Your Benefit: When booking our tech transfer package, you’ll get all the information required to lead negotiations regarding the licensing agreement with your research institution efficiently and have a clear vision of what’s the best strategy for your company. We have experience negotiating term sheets with ETH, EPFL and other Swiss universities.  

1h workshop: In the workshop, we dig into the details and goals you want to achieve with a licensing agreement with your research institute. We will help you spot the red flags in the agreement and ensure you get all the necessary intellectual property rights for your business. 

Preparation: To maximize the outcome of the workshop, we will prepare thoroughly based on your input and the provided documentation such as your pitch deck, your business plan, the patent documents, technological information, the licensing agreement and the term sheet you are negotiating with the institution. 

Key points summary: Following the workshop and the review of the licensing agreement, we summarize the key points and action plan via email, including suggested amendments and main negotiation points. 

What is included in the package?


Review of University License Term Sheet, documentation and your initial comments

Tailored workshop on License Term Sheet & negotiation with the university (ca. 1h)

Amendment of Term Sheet & concrete action plan

not included: Negotiations with universities and additional advice (on an hourly basis)

Price: from CHF 950 (excl. VAT)

Tailored support

No matter which stage your business is in, we’re here to assist you with the technology transfer with your university. We help with:

Explaining the university tech transfer system and IP in general

Spinning off your startup from university/ETH

Negotiating the best possible license for your business

Re-negotiating your license agreement if already signes and needed


About us

We’re a growing team of 30+ legal professionals. Some of our experts include:

  • 1

    Thomas focuses on Intellectual Property, Data Protection & IT Contract Law and advises companies on commercial strategies, Intellectual Property protection and technology-related legal issues. As head of the in-house team, he is responsible for advising and supporting our clients in their day-to-day business. 

    Thomas Kuster, Head of IP & Contracts, Legal Expert 

  • 2

    Nicoletta focuses on contract law, and Intellectual Property. She advises customers on trademarks, the strategic set-up of IP contracts, as well as day-to-day contract matters. 

    Nicoletta Iurilli, Junior Legal Counsel 

  • 3

    Maja is a Junior Legal Counsel in the IP & Contracts Team. She assists customers and the team in the field of tech contract law, intellectual property, and data protection. 

    Maja Rajic, Junior Legal Counsel 

  • 4

    Yoann’s focus is on advising clients on HR issues. He also assists with corporate and IP matters, as well as contractual and data protection issues. 

    Yoann Garraux, Senior Legal Counsel 

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