Transferring Ownership Of IP Assets In M&A Deals

Law360, New York (December 3, 2013, 1:31 PM EST) -- Most business mergers or acquisitions involve a written agreement between buyer and seller (also referred to as "target") that defines in detail the terms of the transaction. The acquisition of intellectual property can take many structural forms.

Acquisitions may be categorized generally as involving (1) the purchase of an entire business, or all or substantially all of the IP assets, or (2) the purchase of only a portion of a target business, and therefore, the purchase of certain IP assets only.

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