Drafting of Intellectual Properties

Intellectual Properties

There are many different intellectual property rights in English law. Some are well known, such as copyright, patents and trade marks; others are less well known, such as moral rights and rights in designs; and some are almost unknown outside specialist circles, such as rights in typographical arrangements and plant variety rights.

There are two main kinds of pure intellectual property agreement: assignments and licences. We supply templates of both types:

An assignment of intellectual property is a document effecting the transfer of the ownership of intellectual property from one person to another. A licence of intellectual property rights is a document specifying that a person may do certain acts without infringing the owner's intellectual property rights.

If you are assigning the ownership of intellectual property, this should always be in writing by means of a formal agreement. Many IP rights cannot be properly assigned without a written document.Licences of IP should also usually be written down (especially exclusive licences).

Common issues to consider when drafting an intellectual property agreement are: