Implied-License Doctrine Law and Legal Definition
Implied license doctrine refers to a principle whereby a person’s specific conduct may be taken as a grant of permission to do something. It is used in contract law to track the intent of the contracting parties for purposes of supplementing their agreement. This doctrine is applied to fill gaps in existing contractual or quasi-contractual relations, as a means of identifying the subjective or even objective intent of the relevant parties.
It also refers to the principle that in some specified circumstances a statute can be interpreted as supplying a necessary authority by operation of law.