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Transfer of intellectual property rights

Intellectual property (IP) rights refer to rights granted to people and organisations over "creations of the mind". They include trade marks, designs and copyright.

You can use this document to assign (i.e. transfer):

  • all IP rights in specific materials (documents or physical items) that have already been created (e.g. copyright in literary works or photographs, or unregistered design rights); and/or
  • all future IP rights in materials that may be created during work done on a particular project (e.g. wedding photography or videography, or a commission to paint a portrait); and/or
  • specific IP rights (e.g. particular registered trade marks or designs, or pending applications for trade mark or design registration).

You can use it if you're the person transferring the rights (assignor) or the person receiving them (assignee).

You can potentially use it to transfer non-UK rights. However, local laws may affect the transfer in non-UK countries and there may be extra requirements or formalities. You should get local legal advice.

This document replaces and expands the functionality of the document Transfer of copyright in photographs.

Compatible region(s): Northern Ireland England Wales

Transfer of intellectual property rights

Intellectual property (IP) rights refer to rights granted to people and organisations over "creations of the mind". They include trade marks, designs and copyright.

You can use this document to assign (i.e. transfer):

  • all IP rights in specific materials (documents or physical items) that have already been created (e.g. copyright in literary works or photographs, or unregistered design rights); and/or
  • all future IP rights in materials that may be created during work done on a particular project (e.g. wedding photography or videography, or a commission to paint a portrait); and/or
  • specific IP rights (e.g. particular registered trade marks or designs, or pending applications for trade mark or design registration).

You can use it if you're the person transferring the rights (assignor) or the person receiving them (assignee).

You can potentially use it to transfer non-UK rights. However, local laws may affect the transfer in non-UK countries and there may be extra requirements or formalities. You should get local legal advice.

This document replaces and expands the functionality of the document Transfer of copyright in photographs.

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