The RBI grants automatic authorisation to all sectors for foreign technology cooperation agreements that depend on licensing agreements – Licensing agreements define the rights and responsibilities of the parties with respect to royalty payments, usage restrictions, milestones, etc. for copyrighted, patented or trademark-protected materials. Scientific cooperation between CNRS laboratories and companies is governed by contracts. Thousands of cooperation agreements with companies, SMEs and multinational companies are signed each year. This includes the joint completion of successful scientific programs. Long-standing and close relationships with large companies lead to the signing of framework contracts. All other proposals in the foreign technology agreement that do not meet the parameters of automatic authorisation are being considered by the government for approval. These proposals should be submitted in the form of a FC/IL (SIA) form to the Industrial Aid Secretariat, Ministry of Industrial Policy Promotion, Ministry of Industry, Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi. There are no fees to pay. Permissions are usually available within 4 weeks of registering. If proprietary information or technologies have been developed or can be developed, an intellectual property agreement is signed by all parties involved. More than 130 CNRS/industry joint research structures offer a highly integrated research model in partnership with companies.
The number of these structures has skyrocketed. They include both small and medium-sized enterprises and multinationals and are part of joint medium- and long-term governance and research programs. They can take a number of forms: laboratories and joint research units, in France and abroad, OpenLabs and LabComs by the French National Research Agency (ANR) for SMEs. This type of collaboration is widespread in the engineering, systems and chemistry sciences. The payment of royalties of up to 2% for export and 1% for domestic sales is automatically allowed when using the foreign employee`s trademarks and trademarks without technology transfer.