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Author: Sakshi Dev,

Delhi Metropolitan Education, Uttar Pradesh


Intellectual property rights such as patents and copyrights are often transferred in complete or component so that a third party can make use of them. Some common examples of assignments and licensing of intellectual property consist of an author who licenses her copyrighted novel to a publisher for a time or a software developer that purchases the proper to incorporate code created and owned through every other into one of its products.


An assignment of a trademark ought to be in writing and with the consent of the Registrar under the Trademarks Act, 1999 (hereinafter referred to as "Trademark Act"). A registered/unregistered owner can assign a trademark without or with goodwill. An assignment is normally required to be made for a consideration. The application, that is in a prescribed layout, can be submitted via either the Assignee or collectively with the Assignor, before the Registrar of Trademarks for registering the name of a person who will become entitled through undertaking to a registered trademark. The Assignee, after the task is complete, has to follow the Registrar of trademarks to register his/her identity and the Registrar enters the call and details of the Assignee in the register on evidence of title, to his satisfaction. however, under certain instances an assignment cannot be enforced, namely

(a) if an assignment will create multiple exclusive rights in additional than one person;

(b) if an assignment will create more than one exclusive rights in distinct parts of India.


A License needs to be in writing and the Trademark Act permits the licensee to either be a registered or unregistered user. The licensee of a trademark will enjoy the equal rights as that enjoyed by using a registered trademark proprietor. Therefore, the advantage of use of the mark by means of an unregistered user additionally accrues to the registered proprietor. The Trademark Act additionally recognizes non-registered licensed use supplied that the owner has licensed the proper in a written agreement and all conditions of that agreement are met via the user. The registered person can institute infringement lawsuits in positive instances, while the unregistered permitted person does not have this power under the Trademark Act. The parties to a License agreement are also free to choose the territorial scope of the agreement as well as the term of the contract.


A patentee may also assign the whole or any a part of the patent rights to the whole of India or any part thereof. There are three types of assignments: legal assignment, equitable assignment and mortgages. An assignment (or a settlement to assign) of an existing patent is a legal assignment, in which the assignee may additionally enter his name as the patent owner. A certain share given to another person is known as an equitable assignment and a mortgage is when the patent rights are entirely or partially transferred to acquire money.

A valid assignment under the Patents Act requires the task to be in writing, to be contained in a document that embodies all terms and conditions and ought to be submitted within six months from the commencement of the Act or the execution of the document whichever is later.


The Patents Act allows a patentee to furnish a License under Section 70. The types of licenses recognized in India are express, statutory, implied, exclusive and non-exclusive. Even though the Patents Act offers the patentee a right to license his patented invention, a hindrance on that is in the nature of obligatory licensing under special circumstances.

Compulsory License observed an area in the Patents Act to prevent the abuse of patent as a monopoly and to make way for commercial exploitation of an invention by an interested person. under this section, any individual could make an application for grant of a compulsory licence for a patent after 3 years, from the date of grant of that patent, on any of the following grounds:

(a) The reasonable requirements of the general public with reference to the patented invention haven't been satisfied;

(b) The patented invention isn't available to the general public at a reasonably low cost rate.

(c) The patented invention has not worked within the territory of India.

The purpose of granting a obligatory license is that the patented inventions are worked on a commercial scale in the territory of India without undue delay and to the fullest extent that is reasonably viable. in addition, that the pursuits of any individual for the time being working or growing an invention in the territory of India under the protection of a patent are not unfairly prejudiced.

In sure circumstances, factors which include nature of the invention, time which has elapsed since the sealing of the patent and the measures already taken via the patent or licensee to make complete use of the invention, ability of the applicant to work the invention to the public benefit, potential of the applicant to undertake the threat in providing capital and working the invention, if the software were granted also are taken into consideration via the Controller while figuring out an application filed under section 84 of the Patents Act.


A right to assign work under the Copyright Act 1957 (hereinafter called 'Copyright Act') arises obviously when the work comes into existence. Further an author/owner is entitled to more than one rights widely categorised as Economic and Moral rights. The owner of a copyright can also grant an interest within the copyright by a License.

The Act prescribes that a prospective owner of a copyright in future work may additionally assign the copyright, to any person, either wholly or partly, despite the fact that the undertaking shall take effect only while the work comes into life.

The necessities for an assignment to be enforced are:

(a) It needs to be in writing.

(b) It should be signed by way of the Assignor.

(c) The copyrighted work should be identified and have to specify the rights assigned.

(d) It must have the terms concerning revision, royalty and termination.

(e) It needs to specify the amount of royalty payable, if any, to the author or his legal heirs.