Licensing Basics for Technology and Life Sciences Companies

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Table of Contents

Introduction... 1

What Is a License?...2

Types of Licenses...2

Nonexclusive Licenses...2

Exclusive Licenses...2

Product Licenses...3

Patent Licenses...3

Copyright Licenses...3

Trademark Licenses...4

Trade Secret Licenses...4

Joint Development Licenses...5

Cross Licenses...5

Conditional Licenses...5

Licensor Considerations...6

Revenue...6

Limiting Competition...6

Market Share...7

Licensee Considerations...7

The Technology...7

Resolution of Disputes...8

“Peace of Mind” and Options...8

“Quiet Enjoyment”...9

Licensor and Licensee Restrictions...9

Foreign Rights...9

Tax Considerations...10

Developing Property to Be Licensed...10

Acquiring Intellectual Property by License... 10

Disposing of Intellectual Property by License...11

Structuring Issues...12

Transaction Characterization Issues Sales and Local Tax Issues...13

The Parts of a License...14

Recitals...14

Definitions...14

Grant of License...15

Payment...15

Ownership...15

Property Rights and Obligations...15

Housekeeping Provisions...16

Resolving Licensing Disputes...16

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