Chapter 2 – Ownership and Assignment of Intellectual Property
Jorge L. Contreras, Intellectual Property Licensing and Transactions: Case and Materials (2020, Forthcoming)
21 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2020
Date Written: August 14, 2020
The owner of an intellectual property right, whether a patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or other right, has the exclusive right to exploit that right. Ownership of an IP right is thus the most effective and potent means for utilizing that right. But what does it mean to “own” an intellectual property right and how does a person – an individual or a firm – acquire ownership of it? This Chapter explores transfers and assignments of IP ownership, first in general, and then with respect to special considerations pertinent to patents, copyrights and trademarks.
Keywords: patent, copyright, trademark, ownership, assignment
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