Intellectual Property Right Issues in Custom Manufacture


  • Markus Gemünd



In recent years, intellectual property rights have become more and more a key issue in negotiations with pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies relating to Lonza's development and manufacturing of active ingredients or advanced intermediates. Whilst Lonza's customers are interested in ownership and use rights to such intellectual property rights developed by Lonza in order to obtain maximum protection for their end product, Lonza is interested in being able to use such intellectual property rights for other projects in order to broaden its technology offering to its customers. This article outlines how Lonza has been approaching this issue with its customers in order to find a solution covering both parties' interests.