Tampa, FL asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida

Q: Is there any way to transfer ownership of an existing patent to someone else?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC

A: Yes. Ownership rights to a patent can be transferred by an assignment. Partial rights can be transferred by license.

Assignments should be recorded at the USPTO at https://epas.uspto.gov/. Prior recorded transfers can be seen at https://assignment.uspto.gov/patent/index.html for patent applications that have issued as patents or at least published as applications.

An attorney should draw up the assignment but it is a standard activity as the assignments from inventors to their employers is part of the process for most patent applications.

I hope that this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

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