Generally, the licensing of copyrights and trademarks is similar to the licensing of patents. However, there are a few unique aspects to each type of license.

Copyright licenses may be recorded in the U.S. Copyright Office, but this is not necessary. There is limited compulsory licensing in the U.S. that allows public broadcasters to broadcast copyrighted material. There is also a scheme of licensing organizations that have been established to facilitate the licensing of certain copyrighted materials, such as sound recordings. These are such organizations as ASCAP and BMI.

Trademarks must be licensed with the goodwill associated with the mark. The trademark owner must make sure that the licensed product or services meet the owner’s quality standards.

Use by licensees may inure to the benefit of the trademark owner.