398. In general.

(2)     Assignment

398.     In general.

Any patent or application for a patent1 or any right2 in such a patent or application may be assigned or mortgaged3. An assignment4 or mortgage5 is, however, void unless it is in writing and signed by or on behalf of the assignor or mortgagor or, in the case of a body corporate, is so signed or is under the seal of that body6. An assignment of a patent or any such application or a share7 in it may confer on the assignee the