Your intellectual property is a valuable asset. Protect it with these customizable forms for copyright, trade mark and patent rights.
The World Intellectual Property Organization defines intellectual property (IP) as "creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce." So IP can be a song or a novel or a film, a technological invention, a design, logo or brand, a piece of software, or some other intellectual creation.
Copyright is the right to make copies of, to license and to exploit a literary, artistic or musical work. These rights belong to the creator unless and until assigned to another party, and extend for the life of the creator and for a period of 50 years thereafter.
Trademark or trade mark is a unique symbol, sign or phrase registered by a party to identify a product, service, or a range of products and services.
Patent is a set of rights granted by a government authority to the inventor or owner of a new technology or a new application of existing technology, which excludes others from manufacturing or using the patented technology. Patents expire after a specified period of years, depending on the country they were obtained in.
Protect your company's rights in technology developed by an employee with this Acknowledgement of Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property.
If your employees are actively involved in the development and creation of intellectual property as a function of their job, you need to get them to sign an Acknowledgement of Joint Ownership form.
The employee acknowledges that certain materials developed during the course of his or her employment are jointly owned by the employee and the employer, including any intellectual property rights in the materials.
The Acknowledgement form is generic (not specific to any country) and can be used anywhere.
This is a reusable legal form. Pay for it once, download it, and use it as often as you need to.
Failure to get it in writing could result in lengthy and expensive legal claims. Download the Acknowledgement of Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property form for your business.
Canadian publishers, use this downloadable template to prepare an Assignment of Copyright and Waiver of Moral Rights for an author.
The author of a work assigns his/her right and title to copyright in the work to a third party, and waives his/her moral rights in the work, pursuant to the Canada Copyright Act.
An author's moral rights consist of the right to be identified as the creator of a work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of a work which the author feels is prejudicial or detrimental to his/her reputation.
Moral rights do not transfer with the ownership of the copyright, however, they can be waived by the author.
This Canada Assignment of Copyright and Waiver of Moral Rights is provided in MS Word format.