Royalty/Copyright/Patent Holding Company

A company can purchase or be assigned the right to use a copyright, patent, trademark or know-how by its original holders, with a power to sub-license and subsequently exploit the intellectual property rights in various countries. Such arrangements must be properly planned, as many high-tax countries impose withholding tax at source on royalty payments. Existence of a double-tax-avoidance Treaty between the countries involved may reduce such withholding tax.

A company can be used by internet-businesses to hold domain names and operate websites in a tax-free environment.