It goes without saying that most IP licences contain agreements regarding what the acquirer can do with respect to the underlying intellectual property and what he or she may not be able to do. One of the most likely agreements will be a ban on the transfer or transfer of the licence or the guarantee of the licence to a third party as collateral for a loan or other financial accommodation. Unlike the general practice of presenting a security agreement with the Patent and Trademark Office or the Copyright Office, federal laws do not require a licence, so there are potential pitfalls for a potential lender in this area. The licensing agreement is one of the main ways in which the parties can exploit the financial importance of intellectual property. The licensee or intellectual property holder may enter into licensing agreements with third-party licensees who mutually benefit the licensee and the taker in their respective activities (hopefully). The licensee may receive royalties and other revenues from its intellectual property license, and the licensee will strive to improve its business and product by using intellectual property in accordance with the terms of the licensing agreement. In some sectors, the licensing of intellectual property may be an important part of a licensee/licensee`s record. Licenses are generally “exclusive” or “non-exclusive.” The purpose of this article is to discuss intellectual property licensing issues and the role of commercial financing. As noted above, this article will focus on the issue of licensing and not on the underlying intellectual property vis-à-vis UCC. If the borrower is a licensee, the licensee is considered a “debtor” according to the UCC. UCC 9-102 (a) (3) refers to an account debtor as a person held in an account, a chat paper or a general immaterial obligation. In this scenario, the licensee`s obligations are more performance than monetary obligations. As a general rule, the licensee is not financially bound under the licensing agreement, but should present itself under the conditions it contains and make its intellectual property available to the licensee.
It is clear that a taker/debtor may grant an interest in security to a party insured under the UCC. But what will the insured party be able to do in the case of a standard/application measure? An insured party is limited in its ability to advance the interest of security for the interests of the debtor in an intellectual property license for a wide range of reasons.