background technology
1) Rights in technology owned by either or both of the parties to a research and development (R&D) collaboration which have been generated before, or otherwise entirely outside, the project and over which the non-contributing party can exert no claims to ownership, but which it may be necessary to license to the non-contributing party to enable that party freely to exploit the results of the joint R&D.
2) Rights in technology owned by either or both of the parties to a research and development (R&D) collaboration which have been generated before, or otherwise entirely outside, the project and over which the non-contributing party can exert no claims to ownership, but which it may be necessary to license to the non-contributing party to enable that party freely to exploit the results of the joint R&D.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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