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Joint Development Technology Agreements: Essential Terms, Issues That Arise, Pitfalls to Avoid

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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This CLE webinar will guide corporate and technology counsel in evaluating the benefits and risks of technology collaboration and joint development agreements (JDAs). The panel will discuss structuring essential terms of these agreements, current trends, legal issues that arise with these arrangements, and strategies to avoid common contracting pitfalls.


As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate with the widespread adoption of cloud computing and the increased use of AI/machine learning, organizations are turning to technology collaborations to reach their organizational goals. Technology collaborations can take many forms and are common across many industries. Such arrangements may be structured as the formation of a joint venture entity, as a bilateral strategic alliance, or as a JDA.

Technology collaborations can exist between competitors, between complementary players, and between customers and service providers. Whatever the form of collaboration there are fundamental issues of IP allocation that can plague a poorly-crafted deal. Also, because such collaborations often result in technology that's critical to the business, careful consideration should be given to how IP rights are provided by each party to the collaboration, how newly created IP rights are allocated, and what happens when the collaboration ends.

Collaboration agreements should also define the purpose and scope of the project, the roles and responsibilities of the parties, confidentiality and nondisclosure requirements, methods for resolving disputes, and the financial responsibilities of each of the parties.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the key considerations and best practices when drafting joint development and collaboration agreements.



  1. Overview: collaboration agreements and JDAs
    1. Preliminary considerations
    2. Key provisions
  2. Parties to the agreement
  3. Conduct of the collaboration
    1. Statements of work
    2. Project governance
    3. General performance standards
    4. Subcontracting
  4. Intellectual property
    1. Ownership
    2. Licensing
    3. Parties' rights in the IP after termination of the collaboration
  5. Confidentiality
  6. Terms of the agreement
  7. Other key terms


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What considerations should counsel keep in mind when negotiating technology JDAs?
  • What issues must be addressed by the JDA regarding IP ownership?
  • How should other key terms regarding statements of work, project governance, and standards of performance be structured?
  • What are other important terms to consider in these agreements?


Hasko, Judith
Judith A. Hasko

Partner, Vice Chair Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice
Latham & Watkins

Ms. Hasko advises life sciences companies and investors on a wide range of technology-based commercial matters. She...  |  Read More

Toro, Amy
Amy L. Toro

Covington & Burling

Ms. Toro advises both pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies regarding biologics, pharmaceuticals and devices,...  |  Read More

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