Property rights can be assigned. Buyers become rights owners, which offers them advantages. As the holder of the rights, the buyer can, for example, bring actions against infringers on their own initiative.
In licence agreements, the uses of works are permitted but the rights still belong to the rights owner. A licence can limit the permitted uses in terms of place, time or scope. An exclusive licence grants the licensee the sole authority to use the work in the agreed manner. The licensee can assert the usage rights vis-à-vis third parties and the author. The exclusive licensee can also bring actions against infringers. We recommend consulting a specialist before drawing up a licence agreement. They will help you to avoid the various stumbling blocks and unfair competition.
Companies often use protected works, including various computer programs. It is recommended to manage the rights and licences carefully by maintaining a list of all used works and keeping the user licences. You can then quickly find the answers to questions such as, “Can I use a photo commissioned for a brochure on the website too?” or “Does the new employee need another software licence or do we already have enough?”
Efficient management of rights and licences is especially important when using software, e.g. knowing who works with what programs and how many licences you really need. It might be sufficient to obtain a single-user licence for certain programmes and install it on a computer accessible to all.
Daren Tang appointed as next WIPO Director General
26.05.2020 | Partners and initiatives
Tailor-made IP strategies – SEF4KMU virtual networking lunch on 4 June 2020
20.05.2020 | Law and policy
The USA welcomes the partial revision of the Swiss Copyright Act
28.04.2020 | Partners and initiatives
Young researchers convince experts with their projects
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions