“Nothing in this Agreement Gives X the Right”

Behold the following:

Nothing in this agreement gives either party a license or other right to use the trademarks …

If the idea is that neither party is allowed to use the trademarks in the specified manner, say so:

Each party shall not use the trademarks …

For one, it’s shorter. And second, if you say “Nothing in this agreement gives” whichever party whatever right, that leaves open the possibility that that right might arise through some other mechanism.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.