Product development contract

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This is a product development contract providing a high level of security for you, the Client. Use as is or add paragraphs from to some other agreement. It goes one step further than strict terms in a supply contract, by providing that the contractor transfers all rights he has or might in future have, to you, the client.
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About this high security product development contract

This is a high level product development agreement for use in any business, but particularly where data is ultra-sensitive. The development could relate to anything at all. Examples: draw new legal document templates; work on chemical formulae; scan sensitive information, write software; or any other.

The agreement is drawn for signature by every person connected with the contract developer on any particular project. It is worded so as to include both past and future work. Insofar as any contractor is concerned, ownership of new intellectual property is a matter for the contract terms. But the contract terms bind the contractor, not his staff. For best protection, you should make sure this agreement is signed by every person who could steal or misuse your intellectual property. That way, you are not left with a claim against a company that no longer exists while its former employee earns millions from selling your IP.

The law relating to ownership of intellectual property in newly created rights varies from country to country, so it is particularly important to use this agreement as part of any arrangement for supply from outside Canada.

Within Canada, work done as an employee would usually be regarded as the property of the employer. Conversely, created work made by an employee in the USA usually belongs to the employee.

This agreement covers all variations and situations by absolute clarity of the proposition that the employer or client owns all the IP rights he has paid for. This is enforced by a long-stop provision for the legal transfer of whatever rights could slip through the net.

The agreement moves seamlessly through confidentiality, particular projects, “work for hire” and past and future intellectual property.

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Contents of this high security product development contract

Here is a list of the major subjects covered in this agreement:

  • Definitions and interpretation
  • Warranties
  • Contract work
  • New intellectual property
  • Payment
  • Security provisions
  • Use of sub-contractors
  • Confidential information
  • Indemnities by contractors
  • Indemnification process
  • Insurance
  • Termination provisions
  • Other matters relating to enforcement and other legal issues

Over 1,000 words of helpful drafting notes.

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Recent reviews

Huge time saver
19 April 2014
Covered all the areas we required & areas we hadn't thought off.We saved hugely in costs as we knew what we required and to get a solicitor up to speed would have taken a couple of hours not including the time to draw up the contract.We were able to produce the contract immediately without the delay involved in getting an appointment with our solicitor.
Judith Herbert
Review of the New Zealand version
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15 December 2015
The document I downloaded was a product development copyright document. It was the closest fit I could find to what I needed. However it covered the subject from a to z when what I needed was A to C. It was useful as a base and I have removed probably 60% of the original template to produce what I needed.
Peter O'Meara
Review of the Australian version

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