Intellectual property due diligence framework Scottish Enterprise

Intellectual property due diligence framework Scottish Enterprise

A multiple supplier framework is sought to deliver intellectual property due diligence.

UK-Glasgow: business and management consultancy services

2012/S 65-106383

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Scottish Enterprise
Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street
Contact point(s): Procurement
For the attention of: Linda Nailen
G2 6HQ Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412482700
E-mail: linda.nailen@scotent.co.uk
Fax: +44 1412481600

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00398

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

Economic and financial affairs
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

P12-0212 intellectual property due diligence framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland.
NUTS code UKM

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 3
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 294 000 and 420 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

A multiple supplier framework is sought to deliver intellectual property due diligence.
It is anticipated that the framework will commence in June 2012 for 3 years with the option to extend for one further year.
Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland web site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=224988.

The awarding authority has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via a ‘tender submission postbox’ facility. Further details of this facility are available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/PostBox/Postbox_Explain.aspx?ID=224988.

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems. The postbox closes precisely at the time stated.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

A framework of suppliers is required to carry out intellectual property diligence for the SMART: SCOTLAND programme within Scottish Enterprise.
SMART: SCOTLAND is a nationally-available grant scheme to support and encourage SME’s to undertake high risk research and development. As part of the assessment process, IP due diligence is carried out on all SMART: SCOTLAND applications. SMART: SCOTLAND can fund projects from a number of sectors including aerospace defence & marine; chemical sciences; construction; creative industries; energy; financial services; food and drink; forest industries; life sciences; textiles; technology; tourism and manufacturing.
SMART: SCOTLAND has an annual budget of 6 500 000 GBP and receives approximately 100 applications per year. The projects arrive from all sectors and request funding from 100-600 000 GBP with overall project values up to 4-5 000 000 GBP. Therefore the quality of the due diligence must be of the highest order to ensure that public sector funding is being used appropriately.
Around 80 due diligence exercises are undertaken each year for the SMART: SCOTLAND programme. It is vital to the reputation of the programme that quality assessment of applications is carried out by experts in the sector. It is also vital that this assessment is carried out in a timely manner that is within three weeks of the request being made. We intend to appoint a single supplier for this framework.
It is anticipated that the project will commence in June 2012 and will be delivered over a 3 year period with the option to extend for a further one year.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 294 000 and 420 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Terms and conditions for financing and payment will be contained in the invitation to tender.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Terms and conditions for financing and payment will be contained in the invitation to tender.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Terms and conditions for financing and payment will be contained in the invitation to tender.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Terms and conditions for financing and payment will be contained in the invitation to tender.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Terms and conditions for financing and payment will be contained in the invitation to tender.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

P12-0212
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 3.5.2012
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

8.5.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 9.5.2012 – 09:00
Place:

Glasgow.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

Suppliers must register interest in this contract opportunity through the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) procurement portal – www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk. The invitation to tender (ITT) documentation is available for download from there.

Suppliers should submit their completed tender submission through the secure postbox on Public Contracts Scotland no later than the deadline indicated. On completion of submission an email confirmation will be sent to the sender. If you do not receive this email please contact Public Contracts Scotland before the deadline.
Dates and other information contained in this notice are communicated as being indicative only and may be subject to change.
The contracting authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any offer.
The contracting authority reserves the right to accept part of one or more offers.
The contracting authority will not be liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest in or tendering for this contract.
Compliance with all relevant legislation is required during the tendering process and the terms of any resulting contract.
Bidders may be required to attend for interview.
Any contract awarded will be subject to the law of Scotland.
The contracting authority reserves the right to source the services through existing framework agreements.
The contracting authority reserves the right to assign all or part of any contracts.
(SC Ref:224988).

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Scottish Government
Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate, Europa House, 450 Argyle Street
G2 8LG Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412425466

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Scottish Government
Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate, Europa House, 450 Argyle Street
G2 8LG Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412425466

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The contracting authority will incorporate a minimum of 10 calendar days standstill period from the date information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Any additional information should be requested from the contact detailed in this contract notice. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006 No 1) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Scottish Government
Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate, Europa House, 450 Argyle Street
G2 8LG Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412425466

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:29.3.2012