Q: Hi! I'm starting a business and have been working on a logo. I found art that I would like to reference for it.
I have contacted the artist and would like to buy ownership of the artwork so that I can alter the image to my liking, patent it, and not have legal issues. How would I go about doing that? Would I even need to contact the artist and buy the design?
A: It seems like you are wanting a licensing agreement that allows you to create a derivative work. Also, you would be looking to copyright and/or trademark the final logo, not patent it.
I would definitely recommend contacting an IP lawyer to help draft a licensing agreement as well as help you with the copyright and trademark process.
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