Design Marks Ownership And Licensing Issues In The United Kingdom

A design mark gives the holder the right for a limited period to stop others from making, using or selling the invention without the permission of the inventor. A patent that is approved in the United Kingdom gives the holder rights within the United Kingdom and rights to stop others from importing the patented products into the United Kingdom. When a patent is granted, the invention becomes the property of the inventor. This property can be bought, sold, rented or hired as any other form of property or business asset. Licensing and royalty relationships may be formed to provide an economic benefit.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What about the assignments of design marks?
What about licensing issues and what are the practical considerations involved?
What about renewals and restoration of design marks?

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