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Cooperation Agreement


(Individually a "Party" and collectively the "Parties")

concerning the cooperation on DESCRIBE PURPOSE.

1. Background and purpose



1.3 The Parties have therefore agreed that DESCRIBE COOPERATION.

1.4 This is a voluntary collaboration between the Parties as individual companies and not a joint company, joint venture or other legal entity, and each Party shall continue to bear responsibility for each Party's own business and may not legally commit or bind the other Party without further agreement.

1.5 The Parties have therefore concluded the following Cooperation Agreement (the "Agreement").

2. Duties

2.1 The Parties must each be loyal to the other Party and seek a healthy cooperation.



3. Payment

3.1 In respect of the cooperation, the Parties have agreed that DESCRIBE ANY PAYMENT STRUCTURE.


3.3 All prices above are exclusive of VAT.

4. Term and Termination

4.1 The Agreement is concluded for an unlimited period, but the Parties may terminate the Agreement with X months' notice to the end of a month.

4.2 If one of the Parties is in material breach of this Agreement, the Agreement may be terminated immediately by the non-breaching Party.

5. Liability

5.1 Each Party shall be liable for any damage they may make or liability they might incur.

6. Insurance

6.1 The Parties are required to have taken out professional indemnity insurance with a recognized insurance firm.

6.2 A Party may demand to see documentation to that effect by the other Party.

7. Confidentiality

7.1 Commercial information which the Parties may obtain or possess concerning the other Party, shall be considered confidential and shall not be disclosed to third parties without the relevant Party's prior written consent. Breach of this clause triggers a penalty of XX €,£,$ per breach. Payment of penalty does not make the breach legal.

7.2 The above prohibitions shall not apply to information, i) which is publicly available, ii) as a Part comes into possession of good faith from a third party, iii) as a Party is required to disclose under the law.

8. Other provisions

8.1 The Parties act as independent entities and are not entitled to conclude agreements on the other Party's behalf, or otherwise to bind the other Party.

8.2 The Parties are not entitled to transfer rights or obligations under this Agreement to others.

8.3 Changes or additions to this Agreement requires consensus among the Parties, and changes or addition attached this Agreement as a supplement, and this supplement is signed by both Parties.

8.4 Each Party will bear its own costs in connection with the conclusion of this Agreement.

8.5 The Agreement is subject to the law of COUNTRY.

8.6 Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled by the court of CITY.


Template does not constitute any form of legal advice, and the User is at all times encouraged to request external specific legal advice in respect of the execution of legal documents.
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What is a cooperation agreement?

A cooperation agreement is a contract between two parties entering a working relationship. As a result, a partnership and cooperation agreement will often go hand in hand. The cooperation agreement outlines the intentions, goals, and conditions of the future working partnership. 

A cooperation agreement can take various forms depending on the entities involved. Whether it's a contract between two individuals or an agreement between two companies, the essence remains the same — establishing a collaborative framework to achieve shared goals.

It’s important to note that a cooperation agreement, in principle, may differ in how committed the parties are to it. Even though a cooperation agreement is considered preliminary, you may still wish to include break or termination clauses.

You might have seen a cooperation agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). However, there are subtle differences between the two document types.

The core elements of both a cooperation agreement and a MoU include offer and acceptance. However, a MoU introduces intention and consideration.

The pivotal distinction lies in the enforceability in a court of law. An agreement can be legally binding, whereas a Memorandum of Understanding cannot be directly enforced. While an agreement is inherently binding in nature, a MoU becomes binding when signed in exchange for monetary consideration.

Types of cooperation agreements

Cooperation agreements set the terms, conditions, and objectives for shared goals and benefits. Here are a few of the most common types: 

  • Joint marketing agreements allow entities to pool marketing resources, efforts, and budgets, maximizing exposure through advertising campaigns, co-branded promotions, and shared marketing materials.
  • R&D agreements promote innovation through joint research projects, technology transfer, and intellectual property exchange.
  • Distribution and supply agreements facilitate product distribution through another party's channels. They enhance market reach, streamline logistics, and define terms related to pricing, volume, delivery, exclusivity, and marketing support.
  • Strategic alliance agreements leverage complementary strengths, sharing risks, costs, and expertise to gain a competitive advantage. They can be joint ventures, partnerships, or consortia, aiming to access new markets or improve operational efficiencies.
  • Franchising and licensing agreements allow mutual benefits through licensing fees or royalties. Licensing retains ownership, while franchising involves a franchisor granting a franchisee the right to operate under an established brand.

How does a cooperation agreement work?

Cooperation agreements are versatile, allowing both parties to define terms that meet their needs collaboratively. 

This negotiation process strengthens the contract, outlining crucial details such as the cooperation's purpose, duration, and termination conditions. 

Clear communication of these key aspects ensures that both parties uphold their commitments, fostering a successful and mutually beneficial venture.

Why use a cooperation agreement?

When two sides want to enter into a cooperation, having an agreement in place from the start is beneficial to all involved. Why? By setting out what both sides want from the cooperation (and how), there is less room or chance for the cooperation to fail. 

Cooperation agreements can be used to enhance the success of any organization, too. 

By clearly outlining what is required from both sides, each party knows where they stand from the outset. They know from the start what they have to do. 

It can galvanize and motivate both sides far better than not having a legally binding agreement. It may also be used with documents like a Letter of Intent to cover exclusivity. 

What should a cooperation agreement include?

Cooperation agreements are like fingerprints — no two are exactly alike. If you’re putting together a complex deal, you may even have several agreements that supersede each other before you create a formal contract.

Regardless of the specific content, ensure your agreements always contain the following from a structural perspective:

  • The purpose of the cooperation. Outline what the agreement refers to. This shouldn’t be too detailed but should clarify what the cooperation involves.
  • Details of all parties. Who are the parties involved, and what is their line of business? This can essentially be a condensed version of your “About Us” from your website.
  • Details of the cooperation. This is where you add further information about the proposed collaboration.
  • Duties of all parties. Detail the specific responsibilities of each party within the proposed cooperation. List these and be as detailed as possible to remove any ambiguity. Remember, these details may be imported into a formal contract, so get them correct now.
  • Payment structure. Financial arrangements cover funding, cost-sharing, and financial responsibilities. This section should include monetary contributions, reimbursement procedures, and budget allocation, if applicable. 
  • Term and termination. This may refer to an agreed termination process or notice period for the final agreement itself or could set a specific timeframe for your cooperation. Alternatively, you may also set out details under which the agreement becomes void, for example, if a contract is not finalized by a specific time.
  • Confidentiality clause. Outline anything that should be kept confidential as part of the agreement. It is a good idea to have a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) should your cooperation involve parties receiving and using each other’s sensitive data.
  • Resolving disputes: Dispute resolution establishes procedures for resolving conflicts that may arise. It may include negotiation, mediation, or arbitration to settle disputes efficiently. By providing a clear roadmap for dispute resolution, parties can avoid potential conflicts, preserving the longevity of the cooperation.
  • Jurisdiction. Clarify in which location your agreement will be governed.

When should you use a cooperation agreement?

Create a cooperation agreement when you can finalize a transaction or draw up a formal contract.

You may want to use this document alongside a non-disclosure agreement, depending on the nature of your cooperation agreement and the deal you are trying to do. That way, if the deal does not lead to the parties signing a formal contract for whatever reason, both parties’ sensitive data is protected from being leaked into the public domain.

Use our free cooperation agreement template whenever you have the basis for an agreement in place and want to show you are serious about doing a deal. Depending on how negotiations proceed, you may not even need to use it and can go straight to choosing one of our formal contract templates instead.

However, your cooperation agreement can be helpful as it gives you something in writing and a commitment from both sides that you are at least continuing to explore the basis of a business deal.

Centralize all of your cooperation agreements with Contractbook

Contractbook provides an excellent starting point for any cooperation thanks to the agreement template and cooperation agreement samples in our vast template library. 

It gives you a fantastic starting point for a cooperation agreement so that the strongest business cooperation agreement can be signed. Plus, as text within our online agreements is so easily edited, and data can be inputted quickly, creating a contract is not the arduous task it often can be. 

Importantly, we also provide an easy and safe way to send contracts for digital signatures online and for online storage. It means that the whole process is far quicker and more efficient from start to finish. That online storage facility means referring back to contracts is far more manageable. Pulling any data from them that may be useful is a straightforward task.

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This agreement outlines the terms for a cooperation between two parties, Company A and Company B, to work together on a specified purpose. It details the obligations of each party, payment terms if applicable, the duration and termination conditions, liability, confidentiality, and other legal provisions governing the cooperation. The agreement is intended to facilitate a mutually beneficial partnership while protecting the interests of both parties.

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