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Organizations & People
Pure Appl. Chem.,
Vol. 68, No.12, pp. 2333-2337, 1996
ON MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
of contracts for natural product collaborations
Prepared for publication by P.
R. Andrews (Australia), R. Borris (USA), E. Dagne (Ethiopia), M. P.
Gupta (Panama), L. A. Mitscher (USA), A. Monge
(Spain), and N. J. De Souza (India)
World Wide Web Version
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Abstract: Many scientists in developing countries
are interested in orderly development on an equitable basis of economically
useful discoveries based upon research on indigenous natural products.
Availability of funds and technical expertise in the country of origin
is often a limiting factor. Cooperation with individuals and organizations
possessing these is frequently a practical necessity for the work to
go forward. Inexperience in patent and legal matters as well as perceived
differences in comparative power are often found to be inhibitory. The
discussion by IUPAC is intended to be helpful in such cases by setting
forth the elements which are commonly present in collaborative contracts.
This material was developed by considering a dozen such contracts in
present effect between persons from several different countries of origin
and firms based in Europe and USA. This paper is not a contract, but
indicates the elements usually present and the negotiable items which
need to be settled amicably. Some explanatory comments by IUPAC are
appended in appropriate places as well. This information is for background
purposes only and is not intended to substitute for legal expertise.
All parties entering into such negotiations should avail themselves
of experienced legal advice.
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