Deed of Assignment: Transferring Ownership Of Your IP

Ian Aldridge WebsiteAuthor: Ian Aldridge, Progressive Legal

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Are you a business owner looking to securely transfer ownership of your valuable intellectual assets? In the world of intellectual property (IP), its vital to know what a deed of assignment is and how its used.

On this page, we’ll discuss the definition of a deed of assignment of IP, explore the key benefits of having one drafted, and talk about its essential legal requirements.

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What is a deed of assignment of IP?

A deed of assignment, often referred to as a rights agreement or IP transfer agreement, is a contractual agreement used to transfer ownership of specific intellectual property from one party to another. This is a permanent transfer and the assignor won’t have any more rights to its intellectual property.

At Progressive Legal, we emphasise the importance of legal advice in drafting the deed to safeguard your business interests.

What’s the difference between IP assignment and IP licensing?

Understanding the nuanced difference between IP Assignment and IP Licensing is crucial for business owners navigating the intellectual property sphere. While IP Licensing allows temporary usage while maintaining ownership, IP Assignment signifies an irrevocable and permanent transfer of IP.

Who are the key parties to a deed of assignment?

In this legal transaction, the party transferring the intellectual property interest is known as the assignor, while the recipient assumes the role of the assignee. This straightforward process ensures clarity and accountability throughout the assignment.

What is the scope of transferable assets in a deed of assignment of IP?

The deed of assignment is a flexible legal instrument, enabling the transfer of diverse intellectual property assets such as domain name rights, trademark rights, patent rights, inventions, business names, copyrights, and source code.

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What are the benefits of a deed of assignment?

Clear Ownership

Eliminate ambiguity regarding intellectual property ownership through a transparent and unequivocal transfer process.

Permanent Transfer

Unlike temporary licensing, a deed of assignment ensures a lasting and irrevocable transfer, providing long-term security for the assignee.

Risk Mitigation

Clearly defining the scope of transferred assets helps mitigate the risk of disputes over ownership, protecting both the assignor and the assignee.

Enhanced Value

A well-drafted deed enhances the business’s value by solidifying ownership of key intellectual assets, making it more attractive to investors or potential buyers.

Legal Protection

The deed provides a legally binding framework, offering protection to both parties and reducing the likelihood of legal challenges related to intellectual property ownership.

What are the key legal requirements of a deed of assignment?

Proper Identification of Parties

Clearly identify the assignor and assignee to avoid any confusion about the entities involved in the transfer.

Detailed Description of Intellectual Property

Provide a comprehensive description of the intellectual property being transferred to eliminate any room for ambiguity.

Consideration Clause

Clearly state the consideration or payment for the transfer of intellectual property to make the agreement legally binding.

Warranty of Ownership

The assignor should warrant that they are the rightful owner of the intellectual property being transferred, providing assurances to the assignee.

Legal Formalities

Ensure that the deed of assignment complies with all legal formalities, including the requirements of relevant intellectual property laws, to uphold its validity.

Non-Compete Clause (if applicable)

Include a non-compete clause if necessary, specifying any limitations on the assignor’s ability to compete in the same industry after the transfer.

Using a deed of assignment of IP when dealing with 3rd parties

Understanding intellectual property (IP) rights in transactions with third parties is crucial for protecting your interests. Often, businesses encounter issues when it turns out that third parties retain ownership of all IP they create, despite having been paid by your business. This can include anything from copyrights and trade marks to trade secrets and logos.

The legal norm dictates that unless a contract explicitly states that all IP created during the engagement is to be assigned to your company, the third party holds the ownership.

This means that without the proper wording under the Copyright Act, your business might only obtain a limited license to use the IP, not full ownership. This can severely limit your ability to enforce any IP rights if infringements occur.

The importance of a deed of assignment of IP

A Deed of Assignment of IP ensures any IP created is legally transferred to your business. It is essential, especially when dealing with outsourced tasks such as branding or graphic design. Imagine engaging a design agency that ceases to exist five years later. Without a proper IP assignment, enforcing your rights against copycats could become a legal nightmare.

Moreover, issues often arise when businesses transition from sole proprietorships to corporate entities or during the acquisition of another business. Unfortunately, even contracts drafted by top-tier firms can sometimes neglect thorough IP provisions. The consequences of such oversight can be costly and complex, leading to potential legal battles or loss of valuable IP.

The importance of reviewing your contracts

Therefore, it’s vital to review your contracts meticulously. Ensure that a Deed of Assignment of IP is part of your standard legal framework when engaging with any third party. This not only secures your IP assets but also aids in maintaining clean and clear records.

Such diligence ensures that if the day comes to sell your business, all your IP assets are well-documented and indisputably yours, clearing the path for a smoother transaction.

How much does a deed of assignment of IP cost?

At Progressive Legal, transparency in legal matters is paramount. Our fixed fee for a tailored Deed of Assignment of IP is $750 + GST.

Why choose Progressive Legal for your deed of assignment?

With our expertise in IP law, we ensure that your deed of assignment is meticulously drafted to meet your specific needs. Our commitment to transparency and a fixed fee structure sets us apart, offering you a seamless experience in navigating the complexities of intellectual property transactions.

Key Takeaways

A deed of assignment facilitates the smooth transfer of intellectual property and fortifies the foundation of your enterprise. As your dedicated legal partners, our IP lawyers at Progressive Legal ensures that this critical process is not only legally sound but also strategically aligned with your business goals.

Take the first step towards securing your intellectual assets. Contact Progressive Legal today for expert guidance on Deed of Assignment and safeguard the valuable foundation of your business.

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