Can a Trademark be transferred or assigned?

Elliott Stapleton Trademark

Yes, a registered Trademark can be assigned or transferred; subject to some restrictions on Intent-to-Use applications.  Assignments must be recorded with the United States Patent and Trademark office.

If a business is sold in full, the Trademark will be transferred along with the company.  If, however, the sale is an asset purchase agreement, an assignment will be necessary.  This type of asset will typically be referred to as intangible property or Goodwill.


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Elliott Stapleton

Elliott is a partner in the firm of Cornetet, Meyer, Rush and Stapleton serving clients throughout Ohio. Elliott's business clients range from small single member companies to large privately-held businesses. CMRS Law provides legal services which include advice on Business Formation and Transactions, Real Estate Transactions, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate Administration, and Succession Planning. CMRS Law serves clients at two locations: 123 Boggs Lane, 1st Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 and 2101 Grandin Road, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45208