Assignment and License of Trademarks under the United Kingdom Law

Under the United Kingdom trademark law, trademarks rights can be assigned or licensed to third parties. The United Kingdom (UK) Trade Mark Registry is the government office in charge of registering trademark assignments and license agreements. There are some specific procedures to register assignments and license agreements, e.i., the filing of specific forms and payment of fees. Registration of licenses is not mandatory but the licensee cannot file a claim for infringement if its right is not registered with the Trade Mark Registry. Following, there is a brief explanation of the UK system regarding assignments and licenses of registered trademarks.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Can a trademark be assigned under the United Kingdom law?
Are partial assignments valid under UK trademark law?
Can a trade mark be licensed in the UK?
What about renewals and abandonment of the mark and the practical considerations involved?

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