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IP ownership

Own your rights:

Businesses that are working with consultants or parties that are self-employed should check what the legal position is in relation to who owns any created intellectual property (copyright, patent rights, know-how or confidentiality) and on what basis are any intellectual property rights transferred to the business (on payment of fees, or some other trigger).

If the contract is silent, the legal position is likely to favour the consultant, self-employed or the commissioned party and any intellectual property rights will need to be transferred over by way of a legal assignment of rights.

If you do not have one and are unsure, you should get this checked by our specialist intellectual property lawyers, who can advise you whether you need an assignment or not. 

Our article A New Digital World will provide further insight.


These notes have been prepared for the purpose of an article only. They should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice

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