This bundle consists of the following:
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT
This bundle actually contains three Independent Contractor Agreements that follow the same structure: the Client Agreement, the Consulting Agreement and the generic Independent Contractor Agreement. Since consultants and other service-based providers tend to be independent contractors (as opposed to “employees” of their clients), the Client Agreement and Consultant Agreement are simply variations of the more general Independent Contractor Agreement included in this download.
Our templates cover important bases such as defining your scope of services, setting payment terms, laying down the rules for how disputes can be resolved, and much more. You may use and customize these contracts to define the rules and parameters of your relationships with a) your independent contractors and b) clients with whom you work in an independent contractor capacity.
Since the Agreements are more or less the same, there is only one walk-through video. In this, we refer to the Client as “Company” (which is usually what you would do in a B2B relationship); however, if your Client is an individual, feel free to replace “Company” with “Client.”
If you’re not a consultant, replace “Consultant” with another reference that describes what you do – Coach, Copywriter, Virtual Assistant, Agency, Photographer, etc.
These templates will likewise come in handy when you’re the client and you want a contractor or freelancer to execute a written contract detailing the work and payment terms before you open your wallet.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR IP ASSIGNMENT AGREEMENT
As the title suggests, the IP Assignment Agreement is a contract used for “assignments” of intellectual property – transactions in which one party transfers ownership of an IP asset (trademark, copyright, patent or trade secret) to another. Stated simply, an “assignment” is where you sell your entire interest in the IP outright.
In contrast, if you want to remain the owner of the IP, but want to allow another party to use the work (pursuant to clearly defined terms), an intellectual property license is more appropriate. Unlike assignments, where you’re selling all of your rights in the IP to another person or entity, granting a license means that you’re simply giving another person or another business the right to use your work – usually in exchange for some money.
This IP Assignment Agreement template should only be used to assign IP developed by independent contractors to the business.
If you’re looking to transfer ownership of IP prepared by employees, use the Employee IP Assignment Template.
*** When it comes to ownership of IP created by people you hire, the law does require different language to be used depending on your relationship with the transferee (employee vs. independent contractor), so using the correct template is actually important here.