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An Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement is a document that ensures the transfer of intellectual property rights in a work of intellectual property (such as an invention, design, pattern, trademark, trade name, logo, trade secret, or any other original creation) from the originator or owner of the work to another party. The party who owns the intellectual property and is assigning their rights in the property is the Assignor, while the party receiving the intellectual property rights is the Assignee.
Intellectual property is a creative invention protected by law. It is an intangible property that gives the originator the sole and exclusive rights to the property except it is licensed or assigned. In other words, intellectual property, just like any other property, can be licensed, sold, or assigned to another party for valuable consideration.
The owner of a work of intellectual property has the exclusive rights to license or sell their intellectual property rights except in the context of employment, where an employee or independent contractor creates the intellectual property in the process of performing their duties for their employer/client. In this case, the employer/client can legally secure all the intellectual property created.
This document can be used for the transfer of intellectual property rights in the following ways:
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After completing this document, the parties (the assignor and assignee) should review the form to ensure the accuracy of its contents.
After this, the parties should sign at least two copies of the document. If either of the parties is a Nigerian company, either two directors or one director and one secretary should sign the document. The common seal of the company may also be affixed to the document. If either of the parties is any other organization other than a company, an officer of that organization should sign the document and have a witness attest to the signature.
Each party should keep a signed copy of this document for their record.
The Trade Marks Act Cap T13, LFN 2004 and the Trade Marks Regulations,1990 are applicable to trademarks in Nigeria. The Nigerian Copyrights Act, Cap 28 LFN, 2004 are applicable to copyrights in Nigeria. Patents and Designs Act, Cap P2 LFN, 2004 is applicable to registered patents in Nigeria.
The rules of contract also apply to this document.
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Other names for the document: IP Assignment Agreement, Copyright Assignment Agreement, Trade secret Assignment Agreement, Design Assignment Agreement, Agreement for Release of Intellectual Property