Develop and Monetize Your Most Prized Intellectual Property.


Intellectual Property (IP) Due Diligence, as a legal strategy, can encompass a variety of different objectives and tactical moves but principally, it is a term that represents the meta-goal of determining a company’s intellectual property and establishing a path for monetization.

Of course, one can approach IP Due Diligence from the vantage point of the “seller” of a given corporate transaction involving IP or from the “buyer’s perspective. Either way, it is critical for the relevant party to conduct a thorough review of the IP at issue and ascertain both existing IP and future IP opportunities of intangible assets including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Specifically, the ownership rights of each piece of IP should be accounted for along with an in-depth discussion and review of monetization strategies, including licensing, for the IP.

In the context of IP Due Diligence as a feature of a larger corporate transaction, it is helpful to consider a series of issues to help establish the parameters of the importance of the IP and how it should be prioritized according to the larger objectives of the deal;

  1. Is the prospective deal exclusively for the IP or is the IP secondary to larger corporate-acquisition objectives
  2. Are licensing arrangements routine for either the providing or procuring company?
  3. Does either the providing or procuring company have a pre-set budget or expectation for the IP?
  4. Can the IP be converted to tangible assets?
  5. Can the IP be exported to various industries or is it specific to an isolated niche?

Our IP attorneys consistently advise clients on a variety of intellectual property transactions, including assignment agreements, publishing agreements, consent and co-existence agreements, work-for-hire agreements, franchise agreements, and domain name transfer agreements.

Licensing of IP Rights

A lawyer can provide essential assistance in the process of licensing intellectual property (IP) rights. Licensing agreements allow one party (the licensee) to use another party’s (the licensor’s) IP assets under specific terms and conditions. Here’s how a lawyer can help with licensing IP rights:

  1. Understanding IP Assets: Legal professionals can help you identify the IP assets you own or want to license, whether they are patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, or other forms of intellectual property.
  2. Drafting Licensing Agreements: Lawyers can draft comprehensive licensing agreements that outline the scope of the license, the rights granted, usage limitations, duration, and any financial terms, such as royalties or licensing fees.
  3. Customized Agreements: Each licensing arrangement is unique. Lawyers tailor licensing agreements to fit your specific needs and the nature of the IP, ensuring that all aspects are covered and both parties’ interests are protected.
  4. Negotiating Terms: Legal experts can assist in negotiations with the other party to achieve favorable terms for both sides. This could involve discussing financial considerations, geographic limitations, exclusivity, and other important factors.
  5. Ensuring Compliance with Laws: Lawyers ensure that the licensing agreement adheres to relevant laws and regulations, including antitrust laws and intellectual property laws.
  6. Ownership and Rights Clarification: Licensing agreements should clearly define the ownership of the IP, the scope of rights granted, and any restrictions on use.
  7. Royalty and Payment Structuring: Lawyers help structure royalty payments, licensing fees, and any other financial arrangements to ensure clarity and fairness.
  8. Performance Metrics: If applicable, legal professionals can include performance metrics in the agreement to ensure that the licensee meets certain standards or milestones.
  9. Termination and Breach Provisions: Lawyers outline procedures for terminating the agreement and provisions for addressing breaches, defaults, or disputes.
  10. Exclusivity and Territory: Legal experts can define whether the license is exclusive or non-exclusive and specify the geographical territories covered by the agreement.
  11. Sub-Licensing and Assignment: Lawyers can clarify whether the licensee has the right to sublicense the IP or assign the rights to third parties.
  12. Risk Mitigation: Lawyers help identify potential risks associated with the license and develop strategies to mitigate those risks, protecting both parties’ interests.
  13. Enforcement Mechanisms: Legal professionals can outline mechanisms for enforcing the terms of the agreement, such as dispute resolution procedures, mediation, or arbitration.
  14. Due Diligence: Lawyers can conduct due diligence on the other party’s capabilities and intentions, ensuring that you’re entering into a viable and trustworthy licensing relationship.
  15. Renewal and Modification: If the licensing agreement is renewable or modifiable, lawyers can include provisions that detail the process for renewal or modification.

Engaging a lawyer with expertise in intellectual property and licensing law is crucial to ensuring that your licensing agreements are legally sound, protect your interests, and maximize the value of your intellectual property assets.

Negotiating and Drafting IP Agreements

A lawyer can provide valuable assistance in negotiating and drafting intellectual property (IP) agreements to ensure that the rights, obligations, and interests of all parties are clearly defined and protected. Here’s how a lawyer can help with these processes:

  1. Understanding Client’s Needs: A lawyer begins by understanding your goals, objectives, and the specific context of the IP agreement. This helps tailor the negotiation and drafting process to your unique situation.
  2. Negotiation Strategy: Legal experts develop a negotiation strategy that outlines your desired outcomes, potential concessions, and fallback positions. They can also anticipate the other party’s concerns to facilitate productive negotiations.
  3. Preparation and Research: Lawyers conduct thorough research on the subject matter of the agreement, including relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards. This knowledge strengthens your negotiating position.
  4. Negotiation Skills: Lawyers with strong negotiation skills can effectively communicate your interests, address concerns, and seek mutually beneficial solutions during negotiations.
  5. Clear Drafting: Legal professionals draft agreements with precise and unambiguous language that leaves no room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation.
  6. IP Ownership and Rights: Lawyers clearly define the ownership of IP rights, the scope of the rights being granted, and any restrictions on their use.
  7. Duration and Termination: Legal experts specify the duration of the agreement and outline procedures for termination or renewal, ensuring that parties understand their rights and obligations over time.
  8. Consideration and Royalties: Lawyers detail the financial aspects of the agreement, including payment terms, royalties, licensing fees, and any performance-based compensation.
  9. Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure: If applicable, legal professionals include clauses to protect confidential information and prevent unauthorized disclosure.
  10. Indemnification and Liability: Lawyers outline provisions related to indemnification, limitation of liability, and the consequences of breach or infringement.
  11. Dispute Resolution: Legal experts include mechanisms for resolving disputes, such as arbitration or mediation, to avoid lengthy and costly litigation.
  12. Governing Law and Jurisdiction: Lawyers specify the governing law that applies to the agreement and the jurisdiction in which disputes will be resolved.
  13. Boilerplate Clauses: Legal professionals include standard clauses, such as assignment, force majeure, waiver, and severability clauses, to address various scenarios.
  14. Customization: Lawyers customize agreements based on the specifics of the parties involved, the industry, and the nature of the IP being licensed or transferred.
  15. Review and Revision: After drafting, lawyers work closely with you to review the agreement, address any concerns, and make necessary revisions to ensure accuracy and alignment with your goals.
  16. Final Execution: Once both parties are satisfied with the terms, lawyers oversee the execution of the agreement, ensuring that all legal formalities are met.

Engaging a lawyer experienced in intellectual property law and contract negotiation is crucial to ensure that your IP agreements are legally sound, well-drafted, and protective of your interests. Their expertise ensures that all aspects of the agreement are carefully considered and that your rights are preserved while minimizing potential risks.

Global Recording of Assignments and Changes

“Global Recording of Assignments and Changes” refers to the process of officially registering and recording assignments, transfers, licenses, and other changes related to intellectual property (IP) rights on an international level. This process helps establish the legal ownership and status of IP assets across multiple jurisdictions. Here’s an explanation of this concept:

  1. IP Ownership Changes: When ownership of intellectual property rights changes due to assignments (transfers), mergers, acquisitions, or other transactions, it’s crucial to record these changes to ensure that the new owner’s rights are recognized and protected.
  2. Licensing and Other Changes: Apart from assignments, changes such as licensing agreements, name changes, address changes, and mergers/acquisitions might impact the ownership or status of IP rights. Recording these changes helps maintain accurate records.
  3. International Implications: Intellectual property rights often have international reach. When changes occur in one country, it’s important to ensure that these changes are recognized and enforceable in other countries as well.
  4. WIPO’s Role: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers a service known as the “Madrid System” for the International Registration of Marks and the “Hague System” for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. These systems allow for streamlined and centralized recording of IP rights changes across multiple member countries.
  5. Streamlining Processes: Instead of recording changes separately in each individual country, the global recording systems provided by WIPO offer a more efficient way to simultaneously update multiple country-specific records.
  6. Simplifying Management: For companies or individuals with IP rights in various countries, the global recording of assignments and changes simplifies the management of these rights, ensuring consistency and accuracy in ownership records.
  7. Legal Clarity: Recording assignments and changes helps establish legal clarity, preventing disputes and ensuring that the relevant parties have clear rights to the IP assets.
  8. Maintaining Rights: Failure to properly record assignments or changes might result in challenges to the validity of the rights or ownership in the future.
  9. Cost Efficiency: Global recording can offer cost savings compared to individually recording changes in each country’s IP office.
  10. Database Accessibility: WIPO maintains databases that provide access to the recorded changes, making it easier for interested parties to verify ownership and status of IP assets.
  11. Confidentiality: While some information might be accessible to the public, certain sensitive details can remain confidential.
  12. Member Countries: It’s important to note that the global recording systems are available to member countries and parties who have adhered to the relevant treaties and agreements.

The global recording of assignments and changes facilitated by WIPO’s systems helps streamline the management and protection of intellectual property rights on an international scale. Engaging legal professionals with expertise in international IP law can ensure that assignments and changes are recorded accurately and in compliance with the relevant treaties and regulations.

IP Due Diligence Requires Teamwork


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Clients turn to our firm to help them uncover opportunities, liabilities, and risk through the IP due diligence process. To facilitate this process, our team works closely with our clients to tackle the intellectual property components of complex business transactions which includes asset purchase agreements, IP provisions of merger agreements, joint venture agreements, and joint development agreements.

We can also assist you in developing actionable strategies to monetize your intellectual property assets through licensing undertakings, both nationally in abroad in foreign markets.


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