Patent holders may wish to license their inventions for others to develop. If your company holds licenses to use others’ technology it may still be able to benefit from the Patent Box. But to do so it must meet all of the following conditions.
It must have:
- rights to develop, exploit and defend rights in the patented invention
- one or more rights to the exclusion of all other persons (including the licensor)
- exclusivity throughout at least an entire national territory – rights to manufacture or sell within part of a country, for example, would not qualify as ex clusive
Also, the licensee must either be able to bring infringement proceedings to defend its rights or be entitled to most of the damages awarded in successful proceedings relating to its rights.
The exclusive licensing conditions are relaxed for groups of companies. This recognises that one company in the group may own a portfolio of patents while another exploits them.