Field of Use License Law and Legal Definition
Field of use license is a license to rights in intellectual property which is limited to a defined use and provides the licensor greater control over the use of intellectual property. A field-of-use license does not have the right to all uses of the licensed technology. Such a licensee can avail only a subset of those uses. The scope of the license could be limited by a general field of use or a very specific field of use and the licensor has freedom to work with other companies on other uses. In general, any technology that has multiple, distinct uses like those in the fields of electrical engineering, computer, chemical, and health care areas may be appropriate for field of use licensing. The field of use can be limited in the actual license agreement by adding in the grand clause, a phrase that delineates the field.