Jacques de Werra (ed.),
Accords de technologie/ Technology
Transactions, 2018, 128 p.
by Pedro Roffe, Senior Fellow at International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and
Former Senior Official of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
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Technology Transactions is part of an intellectual
property (IP) Series published by the Faculty of Law
of the Geneva University.1 It is the 11th volume of
a publication launched in 2008. The latest brings
together papers presented at a conference organized
on occasion of the 2018 Intellectual Property Day.
and practioners -Marco M. Aleman, Christoph
Spennemann, Mark Anderson, Philippe Gilliéron and
Adrien Alberini- are reproduced in the book in their
original English and French versions.
Technology transactions embrace a diversity of
contractual relationships wherein the parties
agree to share, under mutually agreed conditions, a
technology owned by one of the parties as intellectual
property rights (IPRs). The book deals with a range
of transactions including patent assignments,
licensing, research and joint development. The
central purpose of this work is to offer an overview
of perspectives on some of the thorniest questions
facing technology agreements. A unifying thread of
economic relevance, technology transactions do not
and in the case of domestic law their treatment is far
from being homogenous. The lack of harmonization
is striking in an area that is transnational by nature.
Licensing agreements generally cover several
The volume begins with a preface by Professor de
Werra, who has devoted an important part of his
academic work to these issues, underlining that an
drivers of the globalized knowledge economy in
which businesses, institutions and societies operate.
He refers particularly to knowledge of a technical
nature -often protected by intellectual property law
as in the case of patents, trade secrets, copyright -
which is transferred and disseminated in contractual
transactions of a diversity of forms. Despite their
frequency, technology agreements continue to raise
multiple legal issues not only internationally, but
also at the national level. According to Professor de
Werra, there are many reasons for this: technology
agreements are at the intersection of distinct legal
disciplines (notably contracts, intellectual property,
matter are intangible assets that by their very nature