The Dreyfus team assists you in negotiating and/or drafting tailor-made contracts, in order to guarantee their quality, legal relevance and … security.
Thanks to its cross-disciplinary skills, our contract law team is able to determine which contract best suits your needs and, consequently, to draft them accordingly. Dreyfus can namely assist you in regards with:
• Assignment agreements (trademarks, designs, domain names, patents, image rights)
• License agreements (trademarks, designs, domain names, patents)
• Coexistence agreements
• Co-ownership agreement (trademarks and patents)
• Confidentiality agreements
• Distribution agreements
• Partnership agreements
Discover the different contracts
An assignment agreement is a contract whereby the ownership is transferred to a third party. It can be assimilated to a sales agreement.
In which cases is it crucial to consider an assignment?
At any moment during the lifetime of a trademark, you can consider selling it, for example as part of a company transfer. However, an assignment agreement is not the only solution. Sometimes, it is more relevant to consider granting a license to a natural or legal person who wishes to exploit your IP rights.
When your projects grow or contain items that you want to keep confidential, confidentiality agreements are indispensable tools.
This agreement can be an alternative to legal proceedings, as it aims to put an end to a legal dispute involving identical or similar intangible assets and/or designating identical or similar goods or services. They also define the conditions under which each of the co-owner shall have the right to use its trademark.
It is possible that a trademark or a patent application be filed on behalf of multiple people through a single application.
From a legal point of view, the trademark or patent will be considered as the common property of the applicants.
A co-ownership agreement makes it possible to protect oneself from the risks of conflicts between co-owners, through preventively and contractually organizing their legal relationship. The Dreyfus team can assist you in the defense of your legal interests and rights, as well as during the preparation of an agreement document in line with your objectives.
A license agreement is an agreement under which the owner of an intellectual property title (commonly referred to as licensor) grants his or her authorization to a third party (commonly referred to as licensee), to use said title for a certain period of time within a certain territory. It is a kind of IP leasing mechanism whereby the title in question still belongs to the owner, who “lends” his right in exchange for the payment of a fee.
In which cases is it interesting to consider a license agreement?
Patents, software and trademarks can all be licensed. It may be useful to bear this in mind when creating a company, especially when you are the founder. In this way, you are able to keep control over your assets while allowing the company to use these rights. In many cases, it may be more interesting to consider this type of agreement. In this regard, the Dreyfus law firm helps you implement adequate strategies.
Depending on the nature of the contracting parties and their specific needs, distribution agreements can take many forms, such as:
– franchise agreements
– exclusive supply agreements
– commercial agent agreements
– commission/affiliation agreements
Innovation and creation are elements that can lead to interesting partnerships.
To put your ambitions on the agenda, our experts are attentive to your collaborative projects. In the age of new technologies, partnership agreements are becoming more and more relevant.
The advantage of partnership agreements is that on a legal and financial level, the signing parties remain completely autonomous! But above all, these agreements help limit the risk of litigation, as well as strengthen and secure relations between the parties.