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Intellectual Property Assignment Agreements

Why you need an Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement

Has a third party designed you a logo? Are you selling software? How about are you acquiring a company? This agreement enables Intellectual Property (IP) rights to transfer smoothly from one party to another.

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What is an IP Assignment Agreement?

Sometimes one piece of work or software will contain different IP rights in them (e.g. patents, trademarks, or designs). Therefore, you need a template that will cover the full spectrum of intellectual property that could be contained in the transferring material.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I have an IP Assignment Agreement for team members?

A: Yes, you can. If a team has created something under a contract, then the assignment of Intellectual Property can be stipulated. If there is no contract, then it is very likely all team members will have a claim to the rights of the Intellectual Property and later down the line it might be worth creating an agreement to re-assign the rights.

Q: What types of Intellectual Property Rights are there?

A: Some examples of IP rights are copyright, design rights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. 

Q: What are moral rights?

A: Moral rights are linked to copyright, but are slightly different. Moral rights relate to authors maintaining control over creative works. The main points to note are:

  • (1) that the author has a right to be named on the work,
  • (2) the author has a right for the work not to suffer degradation and
  • (3) the author has the right for their work not to be show.

Q: Do you have to exchange money for Intellectual Property Rights?

A: No, if you draft your intellectual property assignment as a “deed”, as opposed to a “contract”.

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  • Managed Services Provider
  • ISV, Software, Apps and IP
  • System Integrators Professional Services Consultancy Partners
  • Hosting Partners
  • Licensing Partners

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