Can I get rights to someone else’s patent?

In some cases, the patent owner will allow third parties to use his patented invention for a remuneration or other compensation. This will usually formalized in the form of a licence agreement. In a licence agreement, a number of conditions can be specified

  • exclusivity (only the licensee is entitled to exploitation, possibly even to the exclusion of the licensor),
  •  scope of use (rights may be granted only for some applications)duration,
  • territorial scope, and
  • licence remuneration

Licences are preferably drawn up by a lawyer specializing in intellectual property matters, in negotiations with the patent holder and his patent attorney. De Clercq & partners can provide you with professional advice in the drafting and/or negotiation of license agreements.

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