Intellectual Property


Intellectual Property Licences Overview

Intellectual Property Licences Overview

These are flexible contracts for written text, software, images, music, inventions, designs etc.

The agreements, supplied by Net Lawman.co.uk, allow the owner of original material, whether it's written text, software, images, music, inventions, designs, systems, plans, objects or any other form of intellectual property, to licence its use by others in as wide or narrow a range of circumstances. 

What Net Law Man says about the IP licences it provides:

"License rights to use IP using these documents

These agreements allow you to grant use of your intellectual property to someone else whilst retaining ownership in the long term.

Intellectual property encompasses many types of created work, from images and designs to processes and systems. IP can even be a combination of other works.

However, the majority of deals in IP require similar provisions. So a licence of rights in a set of magazine articles is not dissimilar from a licence of design rights for manufacture. For that reason, our documents can be used for a very wide range of alternative deals and arrangements.

It follows that when you look for a document, look for a description that is similar to, or matches your deal, not just a title that references the same type of IP that you wish to license.

Who should use these documents?

These documents can be used by either the owner of the IP (most likely the creator) or the licensee.

Most contracts are written to favour the interests of one party over the other. However, most of these documents are written so as to be fair to both sides (even if one side is favoured). The reason is that any arrangement that is intended to be continuous for any period of time requires mutual co-operation.

Our guidance notes explain each paragraph so that you don’t need prior experience of licensing intellectual property to edit one of our documents.

Strong legal documents

We describe some of our documents as simple. That does not mean that the legal effect of the document is not strong, but rather that the document is uncluttered by supplementary provisions like options for support, sub licences, licence back, and so on.

Similarly, a “heavyweight” document contains many options. You are unlikely to use all of them, but they will bring to your attention ideas that you may not previously have considered. Of course, you can easily edit out those that you decide not to use.

Limiting the use of the licence you grant

All our documents allow you flexibility to grant a licence to use the IP subject to conditions that you decide.

For example, you could limit use in certain countries or for certain purposes.

Limiting the circumstances in which the IP can be used lets you license the same IP multiple times to different people or businesses in order to maximise the return on your work.

It also might the case that your work has a component that is the intellectual property of someone else, and that you don’t have a permit to sublicense it in certain circumstances.

What you will find in your document

So far as applicable, our documents cover:

Named people and products

In many documents we have given a fictitious name to a party or product. We do this to make it easier for you to follow what the document is about. Of course, you will need to edit the document to use your own comparable names or generic ones.

Complete legal framework and commercial structure

Every agreement provides a complete structure for a deal. We cannot mention every smallest point, but you can reckon that if you need it, we have thought of it. If you have special requirements we can always help further with our review service.

International deals

Our use of plain English and statement that English law applies will help you to create a document that holds water in any jurisdiction.

However, every country has its own laws, so we cannot guarantee what a judge in Panama or Portugal might say. However, you will always be able to terminate a Net Lawman agreement for breach of a term.

Support by the owner or creator to the licensee

Many arrangements to exploit intellectual property involve a prime deal concerning specific IP and also a secondary deal for ongoing support. Where this support may include a second licence for additional IP, we provide for it.

There are two reasons why you might wish to protect this additional support material more strongly:

  • First, the supporting material may have far wider application. You might want to use it in the same market for other applications, or in other products and other markets.
  • The second reason is that you may not own all the supporting material. You may yourself use in the material some IP that has been licensed to you from others. So all you can do is to sub license under whatever conditions you can do so.

These terms can easily be edited to suit your deal, or be deleted if you do not require them.

Preserving moral rights

The right of a creator of a work to be recognised is enshrined in law. Nonetheless, we do mention it in many agreements.

Who must sign?

Unlike a manufacturer of physical products, a licensor of IP rights can be up against theft on a large scale. It is very easy for a single individual to steal your rights or disclose your secrets. When your deal is with a company, only that company is bound. If one of its employees steals your secrets, all you can do is rely on your copyright.

Copyright needs no registration. In law, you can simply prove that you are the originator and you have not given permission and you are home and dry in a court claim. But that leaves two problems:

  • you do not want to have to go to court
  • when someone beaches your copyright, your “work” is immediately spread around, making it far harder to control and to catch further thieves.

While no legal document can guarantee to prevent theft, there are three small points that will help you (all of which we include in our documents as appropriate):

  • word the signature point so that the person signing also takes personal responsibility
  • insist on a personal guarantee
  • have the document signed by every member of the team who will be dealing with the work

What you can do in practice of course depends on what your IP is, how easily it is stolen and whether your counter-party will agree.

Who owns copyright?

You need to be aware that the law differs in the USA from the UK and most other Western countries.

As far as we are aware, in most countries, intellectual property created by an employee is owned by the employer.

However, ownership of IP created under a contract is far less clear. In the USA, they use a term “work made for hire” to describe work done by a person who is not an employee. All such work belongs to the creator. So if you contract with a US designer for artwork for your website, that work remains his and not yours. What you get is a permit to use it for ever, on your site.

In the UK, the position is unclear. It is therefore best, when you commission work from an originator, always to include the point that “the resulting work shall be the property of” you."


Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users. 

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

 APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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Book or Music Publishing Agreement

Book or Music Publishing Agreement

Comprehensive publishing agreement for author/composer or a publisher

Template: Book or Music Publishing Agreement

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This agreement grants a licence to a publisher to reproduce and sell a written work, and provides a means for the author or composer to exploit commercially the created intellectual property in the work.

The work could be of any size, complexity and for any purpose. For example, it could be a book, memoirs, a short story, a music score, a song, a script, or a book to be converted into a script. It could also be a series of works, such as poems or articles or an album of music.

This contract preserves the originator’s rights to sell the same material in different markets, to other publishers, in other media and territories, and for other uses. It preserves moral rights as the author.

The template could be edited by either side. As is, it provides legal protection for both sides in reasonable balance.

For example, it covers subsidiary rights in detail so that the author may receive different levels of royalty for different areas of marketing. Payment terms are also covered in great detail, so as to make clear exactly what will be paid to the author, how and when.

There is also protection for the publisher in several important areas."

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users. 

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

 APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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Copyright Licence Agreement

Copyright Licence Agreement

Owner of the work grants permission to another person to exploit it in return for a sum of money

Template: Copyright Licence Agreement

Introduction to licence agreement templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This is a simple licensing agreement that allows a creator of an original work to grant use of it by another person or business in return for payment, and under other terms that restrict when, where and how it may be used.

The work may be a photograph, an illustration, a painting, written text, music or anything else.

Rights of ownership remain with the creator, allowing him or her to license the work further to other parties.

In order to make it clear where the document should be edited, we drawn it so that the work is a series of articles that a newspaper wishes to publish. However, it can be easily edited to allow artwork to be used on posters or on a website, or music to be performed at an event.

This document is written in English law but is suitable for use when your counter party is in some other legal jurisdiction, and can apply to whatever countries you allow him to cover."

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users. 

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

 APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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Photographic Licence Agreement

Photographic Licence Agreement

A licence for a set of photos or videos or both

Template: Photographic Licence Agreement

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This is a straight forward contract that allows you to transfer the intellectual property rights in your photos or videos (or a portfolio of work) to some other person or organisation. That third party may then use the work as he, she or it wishes.

For example, you may wish to allow use of an animation by a television or film production company, or maybe a photograph montage by a website owner. They, in turn, may wish to sublicense to similar organisations (such as their product distributors) in other countries.

This agreement talks of photos. It could, however, be adapted easily for any other copyright product, particularly one that is digital in nature, such as an illustration, video or moving pictures, or a sketch.

This document assumes that the licence is forever (effectively a sale). However, the agreement also sets out basic terms of any sublicence and strong terms to protect your interest. These help make sure that if the work is sold again, you retain some control of it.

The result is that you may not interfere with the licensee’s use of the photos or videos but your origination and your ownership (your moral rights) must always be acknowledged by them. Your reputation as a photographer, videographer or artist will be maintained.

The financial arrangement is a simple one-off cash transaction."

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users. 

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

 APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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Trade Mark Licence Agreement

Trade Mark Licence Agreement

Aa licence agreement for merchandising rights in any work of intellectual property

Template: IP Licence Agreement:

To use name or trademark for merchandising in a different field or industry

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

This is what Net Lawman says about this template:

"This agreement allows one party to exploit the intellectual property rights in another product or work, in a different market, or applied in a different way.

Situations where a brand might be used in alternative applications include manufacture or production of:

  • toys for children based on characters from a television show or computer game

  • cosmetics showing the logo of a sporting event or sports club

  • clothes for children based on a successful adult label

  • garden tools or kitchen utensils under the name of a celebrity

There are options to control how the IP is used, which include

  • limitations on the duration of the agreement

  • where the merchandise can be sold and how

  • how the IP or brand can be used (what type of merchandising or the necessary quality of the products)

We have provided for both an up-front payment and a royalty based on sales. You can choose one or both. A licensor will often want a fixed sum immediately, just in case the merchandiser is not as good as hoped.

The IP may be supported by additional licensed material. That might be trade marks, registered designs or know-how that is essential to its operation, but which is not itself part of the rights. You license this extra material only in support of the main product. It is subject to stricter protection.

There are two reasons why you might wish to protect this additional material more strongly:

First, it may have far wider application and you may want to use it in the same market for other applications, or in other products and other markets.

The second reason is that you may not own all the supporting material. You may yourself use some IP which has been licensed from others."

Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;

educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;

promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;

ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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IP Licence Agreement: to use specialist system

IP Licence Agreement: to use specialist system

Licencing the right to incorporate your system into a third party's product or system

IP Licence Agreement: to use specialist system

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This agreement licenses use of a system you have developed to another party for use within a system or process they use.

Your system could be anything.

It is likely to include a software component (perhaps a stand-alone application that captures or processes data, or perhaps an API, or perhaps uncompiled code) and maybe also some other IP, such as a graphical layout or a methodology.

Your system might process images, or facilitate communication between devices or calculate the optimal way to achieve an end goal.

Likewise, the reason for using your system could be any. The person or organisation to whom you license it could depend on it for the production of their primary product, or use it in a back office capacity to automate some tasks otherwise carried out by employees.

The industry in which it is used could be any. To make editing easier, in the document we refer to the system as software that facilitates HR management.

We give you the option to license for a single use, for sale within another system or product, or not for re-sale. We also allow you to set limitations on use, such as geographical ones and for what purpose your technology is used.

There are also multiple options for payment. For example, you may take a one-off fee, or an initial payment with on-going (subscription type) payments, or a fee based on usage.

There are options for additional services you might perform, such as consultancy on integration or upgrades, or training.

If you wish to sell your entire rights to someone else (who then could license it to others), it may be more appropriate to use a rights sale agreement."


Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;

educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;

promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;

ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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Copyright or Patent Licence Agreement

Copyright or Patent Licence Agreement

License of a patent or copyright work to exploit it through sub-licences in return for a cash payment or a royalty, or both

Template: Copyright or Patent Licence Agreement

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This agreement allows the creator of a work of intellectual property to license use of it to another person who in turn will sub-license use of it to third parties. It can be be used with any patent or other work under copyright.

It is likely that you are the creator of the work, for example, an inventor of a device. The device is not an end product, but rather something that is required to be used with other parts, or incorporated into another product.

Using this agreement, you "sell" the right to use the device to someone or a business that in turn "sells" the right on to manufacturers. You might be paid a fixed fee, or a royalty or both.

You can also choose to limit the geographical areas in which your intellectual property can be used, as well as the time period.

As examples, your IP might be a design for a device, such as an electronic switching mechanism, or software code.

You can use this agreement for a one-off deal or for multiple agreements, each for a different territory.

The document is written to protect primarily the creator of the intellectual property. However, we do not invite problems for you by ignoring the likely requirements of your counter-party. There are many provisions in this document that will satisfy the concerns of a fair minded licensee."


Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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Invention Licence Agreement

Invention Licence Agreement

Licences rights to use intellectual property in return for payment upfront to the inventor and/or an ongoing royalty fee

Template: Invention Licence Agreement

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net lawman says about this template:

"This comprehensive agreement has been written for use by the owner of an invention or technology who wishes to license it to a manufacturer or end-user.

The invention itself and the permitted use should be specified in the document, although exactly what these are is not important to the suitability of use of this agreement.

The document allows the owner to restrict the licence to use in a particular industry or geographic region so that additional licences can be sold for other areas or uses in order to commercialise the product to the fullest extent.

This agreement covers your intellectual property rights in every aspect of your work, including design drawings, copyright, software, and patents.

It provides for a single payment up front with the option of an additional recurring royalty fee. The licence lasts for ever and is therefore irrevocable - so that your licensee can be sure that it and its customers are safe in buying from him. It is limited to a particular market. There are no re-sale or sub-licence rights.

If the product or device or invention requires to some extent on a support system, whether operating software, operating manuals, help with installation or analysis of technical device feedback, there are multiple options within the document as to how this might be provided that give separated control.

There are two reasons why you might wish to protect this additional material more strongly:

  • the support system may have far wider application than the invention and you might want to be able to use it in the same market for other applications, or in other products and other markets

  • you may not own all the supporting material and therefore might not have the rights yourself to grant it under the same terms. You may be able to sub-license it, but subject to tighter restrictions.

Although this is a long document template of over 6,000 words, it has a modular structure and is written in plain English. That makes editing easy because you can choose whether each paragraph is suitable and simply delete those that are not. The uncomplicated structure also ensures that the licensee understands the terms, especially if English is not a first language."


Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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IP Licence Agreement: of technical product in a single industry or market

IP Licence Agreement: of technical product in a single industry or market

Agreement that allows the owner of any technical IP to license it to another person or business for a specific use

Template: IP Licence Agreement: of technical product in a single industry or market

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This is a heavyweight licence agreement granting rights to exploit an invention or other technical product.

It covers your intellectual property rights in every aspect of your work including design drawings, copyright, software, and patents.

It could be used either by the inventor or developer, or by a manufacturer who wishes to be the licensee.

The invention could be anything. It is more likely to be a design for a component than one for a completed product. It is likely to be usable in many different circumstances, and therefore the owner may wish to license it widely, but with only one licensee per industry, region or sector.

For example, the product might be:

  • a type of hard wearing flooring that can be moulded into place using a special process. The developer licenses the technology to a car manufacturer who patents it for use in vehicles in the name of the licensor.

  • a sub-marine camera specialist invents a lens capable of resisting water at high pressure and licenses the technology to a small manufacturer of high altitude safety equipment.

The document grants a perpetual, irrevocable, and non-exclusive licence. It provides for a single payment up front. There are no on-going royalty payments. That allows the licensee complete freedom to use the technology, subject to the use staying in his industry.

The licensee can also, optionally, obtain a secondary licence to some sort of supporting technology. In most situations, this is likely to be use of a trade mark, a patent or maybe only the right to use a name or logo.

However, your product or device or invention might rely on a support system that requires slightly different licence terms because it may be used by others. For example, you may upgrade it from time to time. The right is also perpetual but it is limited so that the licensor can allow others to use it too."


Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;

educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;

promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;

ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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IP Licence Agreement: educational or training system

IP Licence Agreement: educational or training system

Licensing Agreement for intellectual property that provides a system or a “how-to” product.

Template: IP Licence Agreement: educational or training system

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This agreement licenses limited rights to resell the intellectual property in a system.

The system is likely to be related to education or training. It may have a business application. Examples include:

  • a vehicle driver training system that if followed ensures that drivers have a certain level of knowledge required to be able to use the vehicle in public places

  • an evaluation system for potential employees

  • a system that guides the user on how to achieve a certain goal, such as how to set up an independent school

  • sports training for a certain demographic, such as a one week football training camp for children under 12 years old

The nature of the IP is not important to the suitability of this document. It could be anything, and applicable to one industry, place or group of people or many.

Nor is it important how the system is delivered to the licensee. You may have produced a DVD, or offer access to online training, with or without hard copy materials.

You may wish to use this document to license use of it to a single large business, or to many smaller ones.

The system may rely on a support system, or require updates. For example, if you offer a system that helps people pass a certain exam, you might need to update the system annually to provide the most recent questions and answers. Or you might upgrade or extend the system from time to time. The agreement includes optional provisions for this.

The rights can be limited as you decide. The licence may last for a certain period, or just cover a certain geographical area, or a particular application.

The sale is for a single, one-off payment. Optionally, you might be paid a royalty for on-going usage as well.

The licensee has no re-sale or sub-licence rights."


Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

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IP Sub-Licence Agreement: copyright work

IP Sub-Licence Agreement: copyright work

Flexible Sub-licensing Agreement for any copyright material or created intellectual property

Template: IP Sub-Licence Agreement: copyright work

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This agreement allows a licensee of intellectual property to exploit it by sublicensing it for use by a third party.

You are likely to have taken a licence of some intellectual property rights with a view to exploiting them. You may have done so, but not to the fullest extent possible. You now wish to sell (sub-license) some part of your rights to some other business that will exploit the work in whatever limited way you have decided.

We can assume the original licensor was probably the author or creator and that he or she did not want to set up in business to exploit the rights personally.

The rights could relate to anything. The work could be of any size, complexity and for any purpose. For example, it could be architect’s drawings, children’s stories, photographs or a collection of films. For the sake of clarity while editing the document (to draw your attention to where to change the name of the work), we use a recognisable, fictitious, esoteric name.

This agreement could also be used for commercial partnerships, for example to permit an affiliate or partner to use material which you do not actually own but use on licence from the original creator.

We do not know what rights in the material you have bought, so cannot guide you on which ones you are able to sub-licence. We have therefore provided the same wide range of options as we do for the creator of a work in the first place.

The payment option provided is a periodic royalty. That can be changed easily to a cash payment or some other basis.

Almost all Net Lawman documents are written to protect primarily the document buyer. However, we do not invite problems for you by ignoring the likely requirements of your counter-party. There are many provisions in this document which satisfy the concerns of a fair minded licensee. The drafting notes you receive with the document elaborate on this point."


Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;

educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;

promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;

ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

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Change Licence Terms Agreement

Change Licence Terms Agreement

Agreement to change the terms of an existing intellectual property licence

Template: Change Licence Terms Agreement

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This is a short and simple document that allows you to make one or more changes to an existing IP licensing agreement (such as one for copyright) without having to re-draw or re-negotiate the whole deal afresh.

Use it for any change or several changes. However, if the changes you need are extensive, you should consider using a new document.

For example, you might use it when:

  • the change you want to make is small, or low value

  • when a new document would require bureaucratic approvals or entail delay you cannot support

You might use it for:

  • expanding the allowed uses of copyright, such as allowing a photograph to be used in a magazine as well as on a website

  • extending the term of a licence for a short time period

Do not use it to replace a novation agreement or to change a party to the agreement."


Detailed guidance notes are provided with each template. Net Lawman offers a money back guarantee if the document is not what you need, as well as a legal review option if you want some professional assistance when you are drawing up your documents.

Notice:

The documents menus are designed to describe the documents, but please be sure that you check them over carefully to ensure that they do meet your needs. All documents are subject to Net Lawman's Terms and Conditions, which we ask you to read before you purchase any documents.

We are pleased to be supported by Net Lawman.co.uk as a leading independent online provider of ready-to-use legal documents for business users.

Net Lawman is a founding member of the Association of Publishers of Online Legal Documents (APOD).

APOD exists to:

  • promote the sale of online legal and business document templates;
  • educate the public about the need for legal documents to protect their interests, and in the online availability of professionally written and affordable template contracts;
  • promote and represent the interests of the Association and its members;
  • ensure professional standards for customers and the public in accordance with the APOD Code of Practice.

We always welcome your feedback so please do let us know what else you would like to know about using this Form.

Read More