Breach of Licence Cease & Desist Letter
Intellectual Property rights, such as copyright, trade marks, patents, and
designs are often licensed. This means that the owner of the rights allows
another person or company to use the rights for specified purposes or for a
particular project. We have a range of licences in our
Intellectual Property and Confidentiality Agreementsgroup.
This Cease and Desist Letter template has recently been reviewed and
updated to conform with current best practice.
If the licensee acts in a way that is contrary to the terms of the Licence,
e.g. by using the rights for a project that is not covered by the Licence,
the licensor will need to take steps to ensure that the licensee stops
acting in this way. A useful first step in enforcing your rights is to send
the infringing party a cease and desist letter. If this does not have the
desired effect, it may be necessary to take legal action.
This Breach of Licence Cease and Desist Letter sets out the accusation of
breach and asks the recipient of the letter to “cease and desist” from
breaching the terms of the licence. There is an optional paragraph
requiring the recipient to hand over any materials which have been created
as a result of the breach. There is also a request for an undertaking from
the recipient to desist from acting otherwise than in accordance with the
The letter warns that other legal remedies will be pursued if a response is
not received by a specified date.
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be
read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused
options should be removed from the document.
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