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The aim of the Lambert model agreements is to maximise innovation. They have not been developed with the aim of maximising the commercial return to universities; but to encourage university and industry collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. They do not represent an ideal position for any party; depending on the circumstances they are designed to represent a workable and reasonable compromise for both or all parties. The Lambert Agreements and supporting materials are subject to Crown copyright. They are free for universities and companies to use, adapt and re-use the agreements and the guidance notes for the purpose of undertaking collaborative research. The Crown copyright material can therefore be re-used free of charge and without requiring specific permission. Where practicable, the Crown copyright status and the source of the Lambert Agreements and supporting materials should be cited.

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  • Lambert 1
    The University owns IP in the Results and grants the Sponsor a non-exclusive licence to use the Results in a specified field
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  • Lambert 2
    The University owns IP in the Results and grants the Sponsor a non-exclusive licence to use the Results in a specified field. The Sponsor also has the right to negotiate an exclusive licence
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  • Lambert 3
    The University owns IP in the Results and grants the Sponsor a non-exclusive licence to use the Results in a specified field. The Sponsor also has the right to negotiate an assignment
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  • Lambert 4
    The Sponsor owns IP in the Results and University has the right to use the Results for academic teaching and academic research
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  • Lambert 5
    The Sponsor owns IP in the Results and no rights to use the Results for academic purposes are reserved to the University
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  • Lambert A
    Each member of the Consortium owns the IP in the Results that it creates and grants each of the other parties a non-exclusive licence to use those Results for the purposes of the Project and for any other purpose, so that any member of the Consortium may exploit any of the Results. (This Agreement may be suitable for use in collaborations funded by an RDA, but is not likely to be used for research funded by the Technology Strategy Board Collaborative R&D Programme where the parties should have an agreed exploitation strategy.
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  • Lambert B
    The Consortium’s strategy is that one party (the Lead Exploitation Party) is best suited to carry out the exploitation of the Results. The other parties therefore assign their IP in the Results to the Lead Exploitation Party who undertakes to exploit the Results. In return the Lead Exploitation Party agrees to pay the other parties a share of revenues generated from that exploitation or a success payment. Alternatively, the other parties may grant the Lead Exploitation Party a worldwide exclusive licence. Again the Lead Party undertakes to exploit and to pay the other parties. This may be more suitable where the Lead Exploitation Party is an SME because the licence may be terminated if it fails to exploit or pay royalties, or if it is insolvent.
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  • Lambert C
    The Consortium’s strategy is that different parties are best placed to exploit different Results; they have different core businesses or interests and are interested in different Results created in the course of the Project. Each takes an assignment of the Results which are germane to its core business and undertakes to exploit those Results (so as to comply with the terms of the External Funding) and in return agrees to pay the other parties a share of the revenues generated from that exploitation or a success payment.
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  • Lambert D
    Each member of the Consortium owns the IP in the Results that it creates and grants each of the other parties a non-exclusive licence to use those Results for the purposes of the Project only. The members of the Consortium do not have an agreed strategy for the exploitation of the Results. If any member of the Consortium wishes to exploit the IP in the Results or the IP in the Background of another member of the Consortium, it will have to negotiate a licence to allow it to exploit that IP or an assignment of that IP. If an approach is made on that basis, the owner of the IP undertakes to negotiate with the member wishing to take a licence or assignment. (This Agreement is not likely to be used for research funded by the Technology Strategy Board Collaborative R&D Programme where the parties should have an agreed exploitation strategy.
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