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Federal Intellectual Property Services

When your secured transaction includes intellectual property (IP) collateral, National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR) can assist you by conducting searches of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and U.S. Copyright Office records for recorded assignments and security interests. Unlike most IP service companies, NCR’s focus is on federal due diligence IP services to complement the broad array of nationwide federal/state lien and judgment search services we offer. NCR’s IP ownership and assignment searches provide the missing piece to your due diligence puzzle to help ensure you have all the bases covered.

Making your job easier:

Searches of the PTO and Copyright Office records reduce the risk of missing liens:

Intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks and copyrighted material, is increasingly used as collateral to secure loans. While the typical UCC and lien searches you conduct for secured transactions will reveal liens that affect many types of IP collateral, you could be missing an important piece of the puzzle if you don’t conduct additional searches with the PTO and Copyright Office. Get a more complete picture by contacting NCR when you need:

  • Ownership Searches: identify or verify registered patent/trademark/copyright assets originally owned by an entity (or by an individual for patents)
  • Assignment Searches: identify or verify patent/trademark/copyright security interests assigned to or by an entity
  • Patent Assignment Filings: transfer an owner's patent property rights in full or in part. If the owner's name changes, file a name change to reflect the current owner's name with the Assignment Recordation Branch of the USPTO.
  • Trademark Assignement Filings: transfer an owner's rights, title, and interest in a trademark or service mark in full or in part. File a name change to reflect ownership in a trademark or service mark with the Assignment Recordation Branch of the USPTO.

NCR can also assist you with filing assignments with the PTO and the Copyright Office. A patent assignment may transfer an inventor's property rights fully or partially to another individual or company.

Intellectual Property search reports save you time:

Have you been frustrated in the past by delayed and disorganized IP search results? NCR’s professional staff makes it easy for you to review and analyze search results by separating ownership results from assignment results. Our customized reports include an index complete with all abstracts. We do the work so you don’t have to!

Search, file and retrieve…NCR is your one-stop shop:
Dealing with multiple vendors for UCC/lien searches and IP searches can be time consuming and expensive. Streamline the process and reduce your costs by working with NCR for all of your due diligence needs. When your searches are complete, NCR’s on-site researchers can quickly file or retrieve copies of any needed recordations or assignments at the PTO or Copyright Office and can also obtain other documents (such as certified copies or file wrappers) and materials on deposit.