IP Licensing

Intellectual property, such as copyrights, trademarks, and patents require written intellectual property licensing agreements. A licensing agreement or license is a contractual right that gives someone permission to engage in a defined activity or to use certain property, including intellectual property, that is owned by someone else. These intellectual property law regulations are essential to enforcing the owner's rights in intellectual property. Please read on to contact our China intellectual property lawyer or attorney to for more knowledge about IP licensing in China.

What is Licensing

If you are a copyright, trademark, or patent owner and someone wants to use, for example, your artwork, trademarked slogan, or patented invention, you may benefit from the services of a licensing attorney. Licensing attorneys write contracts that protect your intellectual property rights. These agreements specify how someone may use your property and how much you will be paid for such use. For example, can they use it for one year or ten years? Can they use it only in Illinois or can they use it around the world? Can they share your property with others? A licensing lawyer can help you answer all of these questions. They can also specify the recourse available to you if someone violates the licensing agreement. Licensing attorneys know the words to use that will best protect your intellectual property.

While most people do recognize the term "intellectual property," just what does it mean? Intellectual property (IP) is intangible property that is created in someone's mind. Categories include art, literary works, music, inventions, designs, processes and trademarks. Intellectual property has value just like tangible property, and you have to protect it. A license is contractual right that helps you control, manage and protect your IP.

Licenses and Your Rights

A license allows an intellectual property rights holder (the licensor) to make money from an invention or creative work by charging a user (the licensee) for product use. Licenses protect proprietary rights in things such as software and other computer products, for example. Use a license to give someone permission to do a certain activity or to use your property.

Types of Property Rights

Be familiar with the different types of property rights before you create a licensing agreement. It's also key to know the scope of your rights, such as exclusive property rights. While the law often changes in this area, the best protection is to register for any or all rights that apply to your situation:

• Copyrights - original works of authorship fixed in any tangible expression form
• Patents - inventions
• Trademarks - words, names or symbols identifying goods made or sold, distinguishing them from others

Securing Your Rights

Intellectual property is a complex area of law, and your lawyer is often the best source to help you protect and manage your rights. The China Patent Office (CPO) and the China Trademark Office. Some IP protections, such as some kind of copyrights is not automatically protected in China. Other protections, such as patents, are granted by the CPO and the application process can be rigorous and complex.

Contact our Guangzhou intellectual property lawyer, especially our Guangzhou licensing lawyer for specific legal advice.