Legal Help for Licensing in the Entertainment Industry
Character licensing refers to the situation where the owner of a trademarked or
copyrighted property (in this case, a character) grants a license to another entity to use that property in connection with goods or services. Character
licensing accounts for a substantial portion of the licensing industry, and is likely the most widely visible aspect of the business in regards to public awareness. This form of licensing regularly involves properties that originate in films, television shows, video games, new media (entertainment found on the Internet), and books. The focus of character licensing is traditionally the general public, as they are the ones consuming the products in connection with which the properties are used.
Grimes is one of the leading intellectual property law firms in the world, and it's members are intimately familiar with the area of law that governs character licensing. If you are in need of legal help in regards to any matter related to character licensing, an
intellectual property attorney at our firm is available to assist you. We will discuss your issue in detail, and provide you with knowledgeable guidance and advice with the goal of reaching the desired outcome in your case. Our firm handles cases worldwide and has extensive experience in licensing laws.
In the course of devising a character licensing arrangement, permission is given to the licensee to utilize the intellectual property belonging to the owner in connection with agreed-upon goods and services. In exchange for this, the owner is given financial remuneration, often in the form of a royalty. A character license contract may also feature a clause delineating an advance payment to the owner against royalties at the time of signing. The license is usually limited, i.e., subject to a number of terms and conditions.