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Royalty Agreement

    Royalty Agreement is a legal document that can give someone the right to sell another’s intellectual property for a fee. Our Royalty Agreement template is a legally-binding document between licensor and licensee. This template contains all of the essential information to design a contract and hence saves both party’s time. You can also make any changes in the clauses as per your requirements.

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Royalty is a type of payment in which one party (known as the franchisee or licensee) pays to another who has the ownership of the respective asset (the franchisor or licensor) against getting ongoing rights to use the asset.

It is usually agreed in terms of the percentage of net or gross revenues that are derived from an asset or a fixed amount per unit sale of that item. As for royalty interest, it gives the right to collect future royalty payments in a stream.

What Is a Royalty Agreement?

A royalty agreement is the legally-bounded relationship between two parties who agree to certain terms for mutual benefits. One party is willing to pay the royalty fees to the other against the transaction of an intellectual property.

The royalty fees are always in the form of monetary compensations to the party who is in possession of intellectual property rights. The parties involved in this agreement are as following:

  • Grantor: owner of the asset/property.
  • Grantee: who takes interest in the asset/property and is willing to pay royalty fee.
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Who Needs a Royalty Agreement?

Royalties constitute a certain percentage of the net or gross revenues earned from the owner’s property, though, can be negotiated based on the cases according to the desire and expectations of both parties.

The royalties are preferred when an original owner or inventor decides to transfer ownership of the asset/property to a third party against a royalty fee from the future earnings generated by that asset/property. These royalties are usually of the following types:

  • non-renewable royalties
  • copyrighted materials
  • trademark royalties
  • book publishing royalties
  • patent royalties
  • art royalties
  • music royalties
  • franchises

There are also sample royalty agreements available for the assistance of those who need them.

Third parties pay production professionals, musical artists and authors to use their copyrighted materials. TV satellite companies offer royalties against airing the famous programs or stations nationwide.

In the gas and oil industries, royalties are paid to landowners to extract natural resources from their properties.

The thing to keep in mind is that royalty agreement should be beneficial for both parties so that the party using the asset/property can get a chance to enter a new market.

What Are the Contents in Royalty Agreement?

When it comes to knowing the contents of a royalty agreement, following turn out to be the important ones:

  • Rights: There must be all responsibilities and warranties documented on the agreement so that both parties can be sure about how they are supposed to proceed.
  • Royalties: It must be clear about the amount and other conditions of the royalties. Here, the thing to mention is that royalties are usually paid in two forms - either ongoing or an initial lump sum with respect to the percentage applied on net profits.
  • Net Profits: They are considered as total profits earned by the grantee by using the intellectual property after payment of these dues: general and overhead expenditures as well as the costs of production and marketing.
  • Royalty Payouts: The grantee is liable to provide all details and progress reports to the grantor on a monthly basis so that royalty totals can be calculated accordingly. The grantor can also get one chance to go for an unannounced audit during a year.
  • Indemnity: No party would be held responsible for the damages, loss, or expenses incurred on the intellectual property except for the breach of agreement.
  • Confidentiality: The grantee must respect privacy and concerns of the grantor. He/she must not give public details until the grantor approves because this action might cause a negative impact of the grantor.
  • Termination: The royalty agreement must be clear about the termination based on the breach of terms, failure to comply with confidentiality conditions and bankruptcy.
  • Assignment: The agreement must also explain that both parties have to give approval or notification before they are assigned any sort of responsibility or task. If a task isn’t assigned accordingly, it will be considered void.
  • Governing Law: The agreement must be created under the grantee’s state jurisdiction so that legal proceedings can be done as the party might want.
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This Royalty Agreement (“Agreement”) is made on this ______ day of ______(“Effective Date”) at __________ State AND M/s____________________________, a Company incorporated under the Companies Act 1956/Companies Act 2013 having its registered office at ________________________________________________, hereinafter referred to as  the Company (which expression shall wherever the context so admits include its successors in interest, liquidators, administrators and permitted assignees) of the Second Part

WHEREAS all the parts are hereinafter referred to as “Parties”;

WHEREAS BIRAC has approved sanction of funding support to Project entitled “_______________________________________________________________________________” (“Project”) conceived by the Company (and ___________________) in furtherance of its mandate under Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme (BIPP);


WHEREAS BIRAC has issued Grant-in-aid Award Letter (GLA) dated…………………………………….. for   funding assistance amounting Rs…………………..and the Company has executed the corresponding Acceptance and Undertaking (Schedule 1 to the GLA) on________.

 WHEREAS the Company has agreed to pay Royalty as essential condition of Grant-in-aid assistance, in the manner as provided herein this Agreement

WHEREAS the GLA provisions shall be integral part of this Agreement and shall be included by reference

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and mutual covenants hereinafter contained, the Parties hereto agree as follows: 


  1. The Company shall:
  1. Disclose initiation of commercialization of the Product at the earliest. “Product” shall mean products, services, processes, technologies, materials, software or other innovations resulting from this Project which would generate commercial income.
  2. Submit the Annual Net Sales Account of the Product verified and certified by its Internal Auditor for the corresponding financial year till full satisfaction of Royalty liability as provided under Clause 3. ‘Net Sales’ for this purpose shall mean gross sales by the Company/ its licensee/ its sub-licencee excluding excise duty and sales tax, as certified by the Chartered Accountant.
  3. The Company shall submit audited Annual reports along with the audited balance sheets and profit & loss accounts to BIRAC within six months of the completion of the financial year ending 31st March till full and final settlement of all Royalty dues to the satisfaction of BIRAC


  1. Company acknowledges and agrees that:


  1. It shall, at all times, indemnify and keep indemnified BIRAC against all claims/damages etc. by any infringement of any Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) while carrying out its responsibilities/work under the Project and this Agreement; and
  2. It shall notify BIRAC of any material change in its incorporation status, shareholding, Project Coordinator or any such change that would impact on performance of its obligations under the Project and this Agreement.
  3. The Company shall not assign or transfer the Product’s interests/ rights to any third party directly or indirectly without prior written consent from BIRAC till full and final settlement of all dues to the satisfaction of BIRAC.



i. The Company shall pay royalty to BIRAC at the rate of 5 (five) per cent on annual Net Sales of the product(s) developed with BIRAC’s assistance.  Payment of royalty shall fall due beginning with the first sale of the product(s) and the liability to pay royalty will terminate upon the first of any of the following two events to occur: - a) 5% royalty has been paid to BIRAC till the royalty amount paid becomes equal to the amount of the Grant-In-Aid disbursed and that was not returned to BIRAC as unutilized funds; or (b) in case of Foreclosure or Termination of Project as per the terms of GLA.



ii. Royalty for each financial year shall be payable to BIRAC within 60 (sixty) days of close of corresponding financial year.


iii. If the Company gets Grant-in-aid assistance for more than one Project that will culminate into the same Product(s), then the Company shall pay royalty to BIRAC at a cumulative rate of 7 (seven) per cent on annual Net Sales of the product(s) developed with BIRAC’s assistance in the same manner as provided above under sub section (i).


iv. If the Company gets Grant-in-aid assistance for more than one Project that will culminate into the distinct Product(s), then the Company shall pay royalty to BIRAC at the rate of 5 (five) per cent on annual Net Sales of each such distinct Product(s) developed with BIRAC’s assistance in the same manner as provided above under sub section (i).


v. If the Company intends to transfer or sell/ assign the Product’s interests to any third party, it shall take prior written permission from BIRAC and BIRAC will recover the due Royalty amount or 5% of the resultant income excluding excise duty and sales tax, as certified by the Chartered Accountant, whichever is less, before grant of such permission.


Provided, this Project is not determined as a “Nationally Important Project”, to be governed through a specific Order of BIRAC. Such cases of “Nationally Important Project” shall have specific terms of licensing, pricing or March-in-rights for the purposes of public interest/ demand of Government of India.



  1. In case of delay in payment of Royalty, the Company shall be liable to pay simple interest at the rate of 12 (twelve) per cent per annum, not by way of penalty, on the amount of default in payment of royalty for the period of delay.
  2. In case of non-payment of Royalty, without prejudice to any other rights under this Agreement, the amount can be recovered by initiating any procedure available in Law.




The amount of Royalty payable by the Company shall be paid by the means of and account payee crossed cheque OR Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council” payable at “New Delhi”



  1. During the tenure of the Agreement, all Parties, undertake to maintain strict confidentiality and refrain from disclosure thereof, of all or any part of the information and data exchanged/generated from the Project under this Agreement for any purpose other than purposes in accordance with this Agreement. It shall be the responsibility of the Parties to ensure maintenance of such confidentiality including on behalf of their employees, representatives and associates involved in the Project. 
  2. The Parties shall not have any obligation of confidentiality with respect to any information that:
    1. is in the public domain by use and/or publication at the time of its disclosure by the disclosing party; or
    2. was already in possession of the recipient  prior to receipt from the disclosing party; or
    3. is properly obtained by the  recipient from a third party with a valid right to disclose such information and such third party is not under confidentiality obligation to the disclosing party; or
    4. was disclosed to any third party on a non-confidential basis prior to commencement of the Project; or
    5. was developed by the recipient, as established by acceptable written record, independently of the disclosure of information by the disclosing party; or
    6. is required by public authority, by law or decree.



In the event of any dispute or difference between the Parties hereto upon or in relation to or in connection with this Agreement, such dispute or difference, shall be resolved amicably and in good faith by mutual consultation.

If such resolution is not possible, then the unresolved dispute or difference whatsoever arising between the Parties out of or relation to the construction, meaning, scope, operation or effect of this agreement or the validity the breach thereof or in respect of any defined legal relationship associated therewith or derived therefrom dispute shall be submitted for arbitration to International Centre for Alternate Dispute Resolution (ICADR), an autonomous organization working under the aegis of the Ministry of Law & Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, Government of India. The Authority to appoint


the arbitrator(s) shall be the ICADR. The Arbitration under this Clause and provision of administrative services by ICADR shall be in accordance with the ICADR Arbitration Rules, 1996. The award made in pursuance thereof shall be binding on the Parties. The venue of arbitration shall be New Delhi and the arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English Language. The provision of this Clause shall not become inoperative notwithstanding the Agreement expiring or ceasing to exist or being terminated or foreclosed.



  1. The Agreement shall be effective from the date of its signing by both the Parties. In the event the Parties affix their signatures to this Agreement on separate dates, the Agreement shall be effective from the date on which the last set of signature is affixed thereto.
  2. The Agreement shall be valid till the full and final settlement of all dues to the satisfaction of BIRAC.
  3. In case of Foreclosure/Termination of the Project as per terms of GLA, the Agreement shall be valid till the date of the Foreclosure/Termination Letter issued by BIRAC.
  4. Two copies of the Agreement shall be signed by each of the Parties and one copy each shall remain in the custody of each Party.



            No amendment or modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless the same is made in writing by the Parties or their authorized representatives specifically stating the same to be an amendment of this Agreement. The modifications shall be effective from the date on which they are made / executed unless otherwise agreed to.



In case any one or more of the provisions or parts of a provision contained in this Agreement shall, for any reason, be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision or part of a provision of this Agreement; and this Agreement shall, to the fullest extent lawful, be construed as if such invalid or illegal or unenforceable provision, or part of a provision, had never been contained herein.


  1. All notices and other communications required to be served on the Company including for violation of the terms of this Agreement shall be considered to be duly served if the same shall have been delivered by registered mail to the Company at its address as stated below.        

 (Name, designation and complete address including PIN code of the Chief Executive of the above party to be given here).




Similarly, any notice to be given to BIRAC shall be considered as duly served if the same shall have been delivered by registered mail to BIRAC at its address in New Delhi as stated below:

The Managing Director,

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council,

MTNL Building

9 CGO Complex, First Floor

Lodhi Road

New Delhi-110003


  1. Subject to the provisions of Clause 6 hereof, the Courts at New Delhi shall have exclusive jurisdiction in all matters concerning this Agreement including any matter arising out of the arbitration proceedings or any award made therein.



            Nothing contained in this Agreement will be construed as creating a joint venture, agency, partnership or employment relationship between the Parties hereto, nor will any Party have the right, power or authority to create any obligation or duty, express or implied, on behalf of the other Party.



            This Agreement shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of India.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties hereto through its duly authorized representatives have signed this Agreement on the day, month and year mentioned hereinbefore. 



For and on behalf of BIRAC






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For and on behalf of M/s ……………………………………………………………… , “the Company” duly authorized vide Board Resolution No …………….. dated ……….. of its Board of Directors.







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