Did you know you can buy software and all its rights from someone and become its sole owner? The process is different from only purchasing a license to use the software. It will usually cost more, but it is the only way to make sure you are the software's real owner.
It can be a good idea to sign an agreement to protect your rights, just like you do when you want to transfer any other property. You can use a Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement to fully communicate the ownership of a software package and its rights from the previous owner (or developer) to you.
A Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement outlines the details of the transfer for all parties involved. It is signed by a person or a company who wants to buy software either for personal or commercial use. The other party is the original owner of the software, usually a developer or the company that created it.
You can either buy an existing software or order a new software created for you. If you order a new software, you could enter into a software development agreement with the team developing it. However, it is still a good idea to execute a Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement as well.
In purchasing the software, you are also buying all the associated intellectual property rights. The agreement can help prevent other parties from disputing the transfer in the future.
Depending on your state, a Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement may also be known as:
A Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement can be useful to both parties – the buyer and the seller. If you are a software developer and someone wants to purchase your software, the agreement ensures you will get paid or have recourse if you are not. You can also use it when a company hires you to develop new software for them, in addition to the software development agreement.
On the other hand, if you are a company or an individual who wants to purchase software from another company or a developer, using a Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement to do this can help protect your rights. The agreement is proof that you have purchased the software and all of the associated intellectual property rights.
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A Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement does not require notarization. However, having the signatures notarized is an effective way to ensure no one challenges the future signatures and avoids potential disputes. If you are not able to get it notarized, it can be a good idea to at least have a witness when signing it.
Both parties should keep their copy of the Software Purchase and Assignment Agreement, and if a company has a lawyer, it may be a good idea to make one copy for them. In the case of a full transfer of software and its rights, the previous owner is not liable for any future lawsuit. However, you need to have the agreement to prove that.
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