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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.Book a free call
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.
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)
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)
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
If you have an employment agreement and do your research as part of your job (e.g. as a PhD, PostDoc, professor), chances are high that the intellectual property (inventions / patent, copyright to software etc.) you developed belong to the university. In that case, you need to contact your research institution’s tech transfer office, tell them about your invention and negotiate a deal with them. If you’re doing your research as part of a Bachelor or Master thesis, it’s more likely that the IP belongs to you, but also here you should analyse the specific situation properly, to avoid costly law suits later on.
Yes. Research institutions usually have their own tech transfer office, individual guidelines regarding tech transfer, and are even subject to different cantonal laws – but those factors don’t affect our offer. We collaborate with spin-offs from all universities, including EPFL, ETH, universities like University of Basel, University of Bern, Universität Zürich, Université de Lausanne and Université de Genève, or universities of applied science like ZHAW and FHNW.
Term Sheet package doesn’t include negotiation with universities or additional advice, which are possible on hourly fee basis. We also recommend that you lead the negotiations yourself, involving lawyers directly often results in unwanted tension.
Yes. If you want us to assist you with negotiating the terms of your collaboration with your research institution, we can offer you a tailored flat fee for all legal matters leading to term sheet drafting (i.e. reviewing the university tech transfer guidelines and reviewing your employment agreement with the university).
We’re a growing team of 25+ legal professionals. Some of our experts include:
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
As a Junior Legal Counsel Jessie is focused on the areas of corporate, in-house and IP. She assists LEXR customers with transactions, day-to-day legal work, as well as intellectual property matters.
Jessie Merz, Junior Legal Counsel
Sam focuses on contract law, Intellectual Property, and Data Protection. He advises customers on trademarks, the strategic set-up of IP contracts, as well as day-to-day contract matters.
Sam Thyroff-Kohl, Junior Legal Counsel
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
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