Intellectual Property Assets and Joint Ventures


This practice note addresses key issues to consider when companies contribute intellectual property assets to a joint venture arrangement. Companies seeking to enhance their intellectual property assets sometimes choose to collaborate with another company. Collaboration may be appropriate, for example, for a company seeking to share risk, conduct a one-time special project, or gain the benefit of skills and IP assets belonging to another company, without the obligations of a merger or acquisition or the time it takes to negotiate and execute such a deal.