Intellectual Property Forms

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.

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Acknowledgement of Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property

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.


Agreement to Transfer Research Materials

Set out the conditions under which materials will be released from a medical or scientific facility to a researcher with this Agreement to Transfer Research Materials.

  • Ownership of the research materials and related documentation remains with the facility.
  • The researcher will use the materials for research purposes only.
  • The researcher will keep all information strictly confidential for a specified number of years.
  • If the research results in an invention, improvement or other innovation, the parties will negotiate a suitable agreement to develop the innovation and determine its potential commercial applications.
  • The facility has the right to review and delay any publication referring to the materials, documentation and/or research.

The Agreement to Transfer Research Materials is a downloadable digital form. Easy to use and customize.


Assignment of Technology Agreement

Transfer technology and associated intellectual property to another party under this Assignment of Technology Agreement.

  • The developer of the technology also assigns all of its moral rights, to the extent allowable by law.
  • In exchange for the assignment, the assignee issues the developer shares in the assignee's company.
  • The developer agrees not to disclose any information about the technology or intellectual property to third parties.

You can edit the Assignment of Technology Agreement to tailor it to your exact circumstances. It's a generic form that is not country-specific.


Canada Assignment of Copyright and Waiver of Moral Rights

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.

Canada Cease and Desist Letter for Copyright Infringement

Issue a Cease and Desist Letter for Copyright Infringement with this template for copyrights registered in Canada.

The Cease and Desist Letter can be prepared and sent to the infringing party by either yourself as the owner of the copyright, or by your lawyer. It contains the following:
  • details of the owner's copyright in the work (written, music, art, video, etc),
  • details of the infringing use of the work,
  • a demand to cease and desist from any further distribution or other use of the copyrighted material,
  • a demand that the infringing party provide information concerning the extent of the use, together with all undistributed copies of the material.
This Canada Cease and Desist Letter re Infringement of Copyright template is fully customizable to fit your specific circumstances.

Canada Checklist for Trade Mark Application

Track all the steps you have taken in submitting a trade mark application to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office with this easy-to-use Checklist for Trade Mark Application.

The checklist lets you record:
  • document filings,
  • correspondence and
  • other steps taken during the application to the Trade Mark division, and
  • includes steps for follow-up after the trade mark has been registered.
This free downloadable Canada Checklist for Trade Mark Application form is available as a MS Word template.