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First Sale Doctrine: Buyers’ Rights and the Right of First Sale

The first sale doctrine is a legal doctrine that applies to copyrights, patents and trademarks. The doctrine is slightly different for the three types of intellectual properties. But, in general, in each case, the first sale doctrine prevents owners/holders of intellectual property rights from controlling what happens to a physical product or work after it… READ MORE

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IP Assignments: Nunc Pro Tunc Assignments in Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law

Like any valuable business asset, patents, trademarks and copyrights can be sold, assigned and licensed. Indeed, assignment and licensing is common with respect to intellectual property. In legal terms, an “assignment” is a transfer of ownership, either full ownership or partial. In basic terms, a nunc pro tunc is a type of assignment that is… READ MORE

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