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How to Transfer Pattern Trademarks into a Trust

Explore the ins and outs of protecting your intellectual property by transferring pattern trademarks into a trust. Our detailed blog post provides step-by-step guidance on this often-overlooked aspect of asset management.
February 4, 2024

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Trademarks are valuable assets that can protect your brand's identity and set you apart from competitors. In this post, we delve into the process of transferring pattern trademarks into a trust. This not only ensures the continuity of the trademark's use but also offers tax benefits, legal protection, and an organized succession plan.

Understanding Trusts

A trust is a legal arrangement in which one party, known as the trustee, holds assets for the benefit of another party or parties, known as the beneficiaries. A trust can hold various types of assets, including real estate, stocks, cash, and intellectual property rights such as trademarks.

Why Transfer Pattern Trademarks into a Trust?

Pattern trademarks, like other intellectual properties, are susceptible to infringement and misuse. Transferring them into a trust can provide better protection and management. Additionally, putting these assets into a trust can potentially offer tax advantages and help bypass the probate process.

Setting Up a Trust for Pattern Trademarks

  1. Choose the type of trust: Decide whether a revocable (can be altered or canceled) or irrevocable (cannot be changed without the permission of the trustee) trust best suits your needs.
  2. Select a trustee: Choose someone you trust to manage the assets in the trust.
  3. Create the trust document: This outlines the terms of the trust, such as who the beneficiaries are and how the assets are to be managed.
  4. Fund the trust: This involves transferring the assets, in this case, the pattern trademarks, into the trust.

How to Transfer Pattern Trademarks into a Trust

  1. Appraise the pattern trademarks: Determine their fair market value for tax purposes.
  2. Assign the trademarks to the trust: A written assignment of the trademarks to the trust is required.
  3. Register the assignment with the patent and trademark office: This publicizes the change of ownership.
  4. Update the trademark insurance policy: The policy should be changed to reflect the trust as the owner of the trademarks.
  5. Document the transfer: Keep a record of the transfer for future reference.

Seeking Professional Advice

Transferring pattern trademarks into a trust can be complex, particularly given the legal requirements and potential tax implications. As such, seeking the advice of a lawyer or financial advisor is highly recommended. They can guide you through the transfer process, help manage the trust, and address any legal or financial issues that may arise.

Conclusion

Transferring pattern trademarks into a trust can provide a range of benefits, including better asset protection and management, potential tax benefits, and a streamlined succession plan. Despite the complexities, with careful planning and professional advice, the process can be navigated smoothly and successfully.