Granting Language in Patent License Agreements: An Analysis of Usages

Kenneth A. Adams

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I’m no expert on patent licensing. Instead, I’ve spent many years delving into contract usages, focusing on how to say clearly and effectively whatever you want to say.1 That led one of my consulting clients to ask me to look into granting language used in patent license agreements—the provision that serves to grant the license. Here’s an example:

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