Licensing is a money-making process. It transforms your intellectual property into income producing products and services. Here’s a quick introduction to licensing that covers some key steps including finding the right fit, creating marketability, presenting your IP and negotiating the deal.
India has become one of the world’s foremost destination markets for brands, characters, entertainment, fashion, sports, and art properties. This in turn attracts growing numbers of multinational companies, and smaller and medium sized Indian retailers and manufacturers who now know the value of licensing.
Finding the first licensing partner is challenging. They are often the most difficult to get. Sometimes you get started as a result of someone approaching you about licensing. Look for a partner in close geographic proximity so it’s easier to meet with the them. Also consider friends and family as potential candidates for your first licensee.
Today the economy is going through a transformation. The term ‘knowledge economy’ is the recognition that knowledge is the driver of innovation and the creation of IP. IP is an enormous value driver for today’s companies, and it’s a value that is just now being recognized.
One of the biggest assets of most companies (public and private) is IP. In the 1970s, IP was not recognized as any kind of “asset.” Traditional assets such as plants, equipment, products, and inventory – tangible assets – comprised the lions’ share of a typical company’s assets. Today, these tangible assets represent less than 20%, and intangible assets – including IP – represent 80% of the balance sheet assets. Yet, the tremendous value of IP is often overlooked. It is viewed as an afterthought – something a company gets to protect its rights and not recognized as a value creator. However, that is quickly changing as stakeholders, investors and shareholders are now recognizing that companies with IP can indeed be very valuable.
In a recent survey of the UK business market, the overwhelming majority of CEO’s and Business Owners say IP management is vital to the success of their companies.