Is it possible to transfer the ownership of a trademark?

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Written by Igor Demcak

Founder & Trademark Attorney

Yes, transferring the ownership of a trademark is possible with a trademark assignment. This document specifies the nature of the transfer and has to be signed by the assignor (the original holder) and the assignee (the new holder) and then recorded with the corresponding IPO.

A special mention needs to be made about intent-to-use trademarks in the US. They are generally considered not transferrable since the USPTO doesn't want intent-to-use applications to be treated as means for someone to profit off a trademark idea they never intended to realize. However, there are sometimes ways around this rule, such as transferring the whole business to the new owner.

If you're interested in transferring the ownership of your trademark, our legal services offering includes the preparation of an assignment agreement.

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