Dreadful drafting of grant clause

After a couple of weeks of navel-gazing, let’s get back to basics with this golden oldie! IP Draughts continues to think that software licensing is a cuckoo in the nest of IP licensing, not really part of the family but treated as a family member.

IP Draughts

cainIP Draughts and his colleagues have some standard training materials that they use for teaching the principles of contract drafting.  These materials include a slide that consists of a badly-drafted licence clause, on which they invite comments from the audience.  For example, IP Draughts will be using a version of the following slide when he presents some sessions at the forthcoming PraxisUnico Advanced Licensing course, to be held at the University of Loughborough in a couple of weeks’ time.

grant clause

Points for discussion in the above slide include:

  • “grants and conveys” – why?
  • “sole and exclusive” – why?
  • licence under which IP? Does this need to be stated?
  • list of permitted acts – appropriate?
  • have made + have supplied = sublicensing by the back door?
  • use of names Licensor and Licensee
  • other points that may need to be included somewhere in agreement, eg whether sub-licensing is allowed

Imagine our surprise…

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