Legal support

Our aim is that both, you as an employee and the university as an organization, through adequate legal support, have the best possibilities for successful collaborations with funders and partners. By negotiating corrects agreements and protecting IP appropriately, the management and communication within your project shall develop smoothly, and besides common risks are considerably minimized. As legal protection is necessary to prevent others from making unauthorized use of your IP, the legal counsel interacts with the innovation advisors in designing a strategy for the management and, if necessary, protection of your intellectual assets to increase the value of research to society.

Services

Contract management for research and external educational collaborations

Support in the drafting, review, and negotiation of contract terms for the implementation of projects in which the university is a coordinator or participant, following the applicable legal framework for higher education institutions.

Type of contracts

  • Collaboration agreement
  • Research agreement
  • Commissioned Research
  • Consortium Agreement (EU framework programme)
  • Amendments to EU grant agreements
  • Partnership Agreement (Subcontracts in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions--MSCA)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
  • Externally Employed Doctoral Student Agreement
  • Guest Professorship Agreement
  • Confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement (NDA)
  • Material transfer agreement (MTA)
  • Licensing agreements

Legal advice on intellectual property law

Support for the development of intellectual property strategies is crucial for you to benefit from your results, whether for academic activities or commercialization.

A complete strategy requires a legal perspective to increase the value of results through intellectual property protection. With both legal advice and innovation advice, you can receive help in creating the necessary agreements and structures that are needed to take your results to the next level.

Process

Research projects and external educational collaborations require the handling of different types of agreements during its lifecycles to ensure the correct management of the funds granted, and to regulate the rights and obligations of all of the participating parties. The legal counsel works in communication with the project leader to enable complete advice, tailored to the needs of your project.

Initial contact

Many legal rules, policies and regulations can affect the implementation of a project. Please contact the legal counsel as early as possible, preferably during the planning phase of the project, to discuss arrangements and develop agreements that suit your project's needs.

Checklist- information the legal counsel needs for contract management

Book a meeting with Contract Manager: Zuleyma Montenegro De Rynge

Contract Management

For contract management, the legal counsel needs the following information:

  1. General description of the project's content, objectives, and financing conditions and terms, in which the university's role in the collaboration is specified.
  2. Project Certificate and Researcher's Certificate when relevant for the funding call. For other projects, documentation is needed on how the project is to be financed.
  3. Contact details for counterparts or coordinator
  4. Participant researchers' views on ownership of results and plans for the research results.

Signing

The right to sign an agreement follows the University of Borås's delegation orders SOB (the Board's Organizational and Decision-making Procedure) and ROB (Vice-Chancellor’s Organisational and Decision-making Procedure) which are structured as follows:

  • The Vice-Chancellor is the university's signatory and thus the person who signs agreements in the university's name. 
  • The Vice-Chancellor’s duties include entering into contracts within the framework of the university's financial resources, in which the university's budget exceeds SEK 5,000,000 or when the university is the coordinating organization of an EU framework program project.
  • The Deans of Faculty are authorized to sign for projects up to SEK 5,000,000.
  • Heads of Departments are authorized to sign for projects up to SEK 200,000.

The project owner is responsible for ensuring that the project falls within the research areas of the university (and its Faculties) and that resources are available for the project's implementation following the contract terms and follows the university's current regulations and applicable legislation.

The legal support provided by GIO is another advisory function offered to the university's staff. Always the project leader or registered administrator is responsible for ensuring compliance with the university's internal procedures for collaboration. No legal support is offered to individuals in their private capacity or personal affairs.