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Renishaw shares collaboration expertise at Praxis Unico event

11 September 2017

Global engineering and scientific technologies company, Renishaw, is set to present at Praxis Unico's Research Contracts Conference. The event will be held at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University from September 13th to 15th, 2017. Nikki Powell, Legal Counsel at Renishaw, returns to the annual event to share her knowledge and experience in managing collaborative research partnerships.

The event is aimed at university contracts professionals, and is designed to develop their technical knowledge and confidence in drafting, interpreting, and amending research contracts. The event also aims to help build attendees' skills for interacting with stakeholders.

During the event, Powell will share her advice for using model research agreements and run a workshop to educate attendees on how best to draft contracts with industrial sponsors. Attendees will benefit from tailored training to help improve the research contracts negotiation process. They will also be directed towards helpful resources, including the Government's Lambert toolkit.

Powell will take attendees through model agreements, which university contracts negotiators can use as a starting point in collaborations. A practical workshop will then give the university staff the opportunity to review a draft agreement, to open attendees' eyes to the potential issues.

“Collaboration is a key factor in Renishaw's success and we regularly work alongside university and industrial partners to develop innovative technologies,” explained Powell. “The Research Contracts Conference will give attendees a head start when working with industrial partners.

“Universities and research institutions require skilled contracts staff to ensure that collaborative projects are delivered correctly,” continued Powell. “This can be a challenging task, and the parties to a collaboration must identify and agree objectives from the outset. The delegates will gain an understanding of research contract negotiation, develop influencing skills and build specific technical and legal knowledge.”

Praxis Unico promotes industry best practice, develops knowledge exchange and technology transfer, offers training and connects stakeholders. The organisation connects universities, research institutes, government organisations and companies to encourage collaboration.

Nikki Powell is a solicitor and an experienced commercial and dispute resolution lawyer. She advises on a range of commercial matters and agreements, including collaborations with universities. Powell has a background is in intellectual property law and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

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