retention of title clause

What is a retention of title (ROT) clause?

In commercial transactions involving the sale of goods, including intellectual property (IP), a seller should consider protecting themselves against the risk that a buyer may default on payment.  In Queensland, one such protection method is provided by section 22 of the Sale of Goods Act 1896 (Qld) (SGA), which states that a seller may reserve the right to transfer title to the property.  At common law, such a clause is known as a Romalpa clause after the case of Aluminium Industrie Vaassen BV v Romalpa Aluminium Ltd [1976] 2 All ER 552 (Romalpa case). [Read more…]

Importance of retention of title clauses in commercial contracts

What is a retention of title clause?

A retention of title (RoT) clause is typically contained within a sale agreement or a company’s standard terms of business (TOB), whereby another business has possession of certain goods (Collateral), but does not acquire the legal title until the purchase price is paid in full. [Read more…]

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