What documentation is needed in order to change an ownership of a trademark?

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Written by Igor Demcak

Founder & Trademark Attorney

To change the ownership of a trademark, you typically need to provide certain documentation and follow the required procedures. While the specific requirements can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the circumstances of the ownership change, here are some commonly required documents:

  • Assignment Agreement: An Assignment Agreement is a legal document that transfers the ownership of the trademark from the current owner (assignor) to the new owner (assignee). It outlines the terms and conditions of the transfer, including the rights, obligations, and consideration involved.
  • Proof of Authority: If the transfer is being executed on behalf of a company or organization, you may need to provide documentation demonstrating the authority of the person or entity initiating the ownership change. This could include corporate resolutions, powers of attorney, or other relevant legal documentation.
  • Trademark Assignment Application: Depending on the jurisdiction, you may need to file a trademark assignment application with the relevant intellectual property office or registry. This application typically includes details about the trademark, the current owner, the new owner, and the assignment agreement.
  • Proof of Payment: In some cases, you may be required to provide proof of payment or consideration for the transfer of ownership. This can be in the form of a receipt, bank statement, or other financial documentation.
  • Supporting Documents: Additional supporting documents may be required, such as proof of identity or legal status of the parties involved, certified copies of the assignment agreement, or any other documentation requested by the intellectual property office or registry.
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