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 533110 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in assigning rights to assets, such as patents, trademarks, brand names, and/or franchise agreements for which a royalty payment or licensing fee is paid to the asset holder.


  • Establishments primarily engaged in producing, reproducing, and/or distributing copyrighted works are classified in Sector 51, Information;
  • Independent artists, writers, and performers primarily engaged in creating copyrighted works are classified in Industry 711510, Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers;
  • Establishments primarily engaged in leasing real property are classified in Subsector 531, Real Estate;
  • Establishments primarily engaged in leasing tangible assets, such as automobiles, computers, consumer goods, and industrial machinery and equipment, are classified in Subsector 532, Rental and Leasing Services; and
  • Establishments that allow franchisees the use of the franchise name, contingent on the franchisee buying products or services from the franchisor are classified elsewhere.
    No change 1997 to 2002 2002 NAICS to 1987 SIC 1997Economic Census Bridge Between 1997 NAICS and SIC
    Corresponding Index Entries
    5331105331106794Brand name licensing
    5331105331106794Franchise agreements, leasing, selling or licensing, without providing other serv
    5331105331106794Industrial design licensing
    5331105331106792Oil royalty companies
    5331105331106792Oil royalty leasing
    5331105331106794Patent buying and licensing
    5331105331106794Patent leasing
    5331105331106794Trademark licensing