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TRADEMARK ASSIGNMENT

THIS TRADEMARK ASSIGNMENT (the "Assignment") dated this ________ day of ________________, ________.

BETWEEN

____________________ of ____________________

(the "Assignor")

- and -

____________________ of ____________________

(the "Assignee")

  1. Trademark
  2. The Assignor is the owner of the following trademark (the "Mark"):

    ____________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________
  3. The Mark is registered at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as #_______________________.
  4. Assignment
  5. The Assignor, in consideration the Price, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, does sell, assign and transfer to the Assignee the Mark, together with that portion of the good will of the business with which the Mark is associated, and all right, title and interest in the Mark, including, but not limited to, the right to register the Mark, to renew registration of the Mark and to license the use of the Mark.
  6. The Assignee, in consideration of the Assignor assigning the Mark to the Assignee on the terms in this Agreement, will pay to the Assignor the following amount: $__________ (the "Price").
  7. The Price is payable in U.S dollars and is payable as follows: on the signing of this Agreement.

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What is a Trademark Assignment?

A Trademark Assignment is a document that transfers the ownership of a trademark from one party to another. It moves the rights and interest of the trademark from the owner to the recipient.

A Trademark Assignment is also known as a:

  • Trademark assignment agreement
  • Trademark transfer agreement
  • Assignment of trademark

Important terms

Some terms that are important to know:

  • The assignor owns the trademark and is transferring it. They can be a person or organization.
  • The assignee is the recipient of the trademark. This can be a person or an organization.
  • A trademark is a form of intellectual property. It is a mark used to identify or distinguish goods. The mark can be a word, a phrase, a design, or a symbol.
  • A service mark is a form of intellectual property, very similar to a trademark. Where a trademark is used to identify goods, a service mark is used to identify or distinguish services.

When should I use a Trademark Assignment?

Use a Trademark Assignment when you’re looking to transfer your ownership of a trademark or a service mark to someone else. A Trademark Assignment can transfer both registered and unregistered trademarks.

You can use a Trademark Assignment in any of the following situations:

  • If you’re selling the trademark, you can transfer the ownership of the mark to the buyer.
  • After a business sale, you can sell or transfer the trademark of your business to the new owners. 
  • If you have started a new business, you can use a Trademark Assignment to transfer a trademark from your old business to the new one. 
  • You can transfer a trademark to someone without payment in return, as a gift or consideration.

If you’re looking to assign a trade name, use an Assignment of Trade Name. If you need to assign a contract, personal property, or a different form of intellectual property, use a general Assignment.

What’s the difference between a Trademark License and a Trademark Assignment?

Where licensing permits the use of a trademark, an Assignment transfers the ownership entirely. A license means that you are still the owner of your trademark, with all the rights attached, and you’re simply letting someone else use your trademark temporarily. An Assignment is a permanent solution that transfers all the rights of ownership to someone else. 

Do I need to register a Trademark Assignment?

Having to register a Trademark Assignment depends on whether a trademark is registered in the first place. Let’s break it down:

What are the representations and warranties in a Trademark Assignment?

A Trademark Assignment often contains a section of representations and warranties.

A representation means a statement of fact, while a warranty means a guarantee. The representations and warranties section contains facts that the assignor guarantees are true.

When creating a Trademark Assignment, you can choose which ones of the following representations and warranties to include. If you choose to include any representations and warranties it means that you guarantee these are factual statements at the time of signing.

Representation and warranties Meaning
The assignor owns the mark. The assignor guarantees that the trademark is truly theirs to sell or transfer.
The mark is free of all security interests. A security interest is interest in property given to a third party to ensure payment of a debt from the owner of the property. If the owner fails to pay, the third party can claim ownership over part or all of the property.

The assignor guarantees that there are no third parties that can claim ownership over the trademark due to previous agreements.
The assignor has not granted any licenses to use the mark. The assignor guarantees that there are no other licenses for the trademark, meaning the assignee will be the only one with the right to use the trademark.
The assignor is not aware of any competing claims for the mark. The assignor guarantees that they don’t know of any other competing claims of ownership.

This doesn’t mean there are no competing claims, just that the assignor is currently not aware of any. 

How do I make a Trademark Assignment?

Follow these steps to create your Trademark Assignment:

  1. Give details on all parties

    Include information on the assignor and the assignee. You will need to include full names and addresses for all parties. You can add multiple assignors and assignees.

  2. Include information on the trademark

    Describe the trademark that is being transferred. You will need to:

    • Clarify if the mark is a trademark or a service mark.
    • Describe the mark. If it is a word or phrase, spell it out as it’s used. If it’s a design or symbol, include a picture.
    • Include the registration number and name of the registry, if the mark is registered. If the mark is not registered, name the geographical area it has been used in. If the mark is currently pending registration, name where it will be registered in the future.
  3. Set the price

    Name the price of the mark and when it will be paid.

  4. Include representations and warranties

    Choose which representations and warranties to include. Choose only the ones you can guarantee are factual at the time of signing.

  5. Date and sign

    Set a date to sign the Trademark Assignment. Both parties should date and sign the document.

Does a Trademark Assignment need to be notarized?

Notarizing a Trademark Assignment can be beneficial because a notary public can verify the identities and signatures of everyone involved. A notary can also confirm that each party is signing the agreement voluntarily and that everyone understands the content of the agreement, which can help avoid future disputes.

It’s not compulsory to have a Trademark Assignment notarized, but it could be valuable, since a notary seal adds a layer of protection and credibility to the document.

Consider if online notarization would help make the notary process more accessible. Our Online Notary service is available and legal in all 50 states.

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  • Assignment: Transfer rights, obligations, responsibilities, and benefits of a contract or property from one person to another.
  • Assignment of Trade Name: Transfer the rights of a trade name from one party to another.
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