This document can be used to transfer or assign the copyright and other unregistered intellectual property rights in a software program or module (or set of programs or modules). The assignment provisions are structured in such a way that specific rights, whether registered or unregistered, can easily be excluded from the scope of the assignment.
The assignment may be for real or nominal (eg GBP 1.00) consideration.
A further assurance clause is included. This gives the assignee comfort that the assignor will provide assistance in relation to the perfection of the transfer, if necessary, and optionally in relation to legal proceedings relating to the assigned rights.
Although the moral rights of paternity and integrity do not apply in relation to software as such, they may apply in relation to other works (graphics, text) incorporated into software. For this reason, the template includes a moral rights clause.
This template does not cover the assignment of registered intellectual property rights, and so is not suitable for use in relation to the assignment of software patents.