How do you know when it’s time to license your professional know-how? One of the best signs is when someone asks. Sometimes it’s companies outside your industry, and in many cases, especially for training consultants, it’s often one of your customers.
There are many ways to use intellectual property to get a big return on your investment. Producing and selling products is one option. Licensing rights to generate revenues from non-competitive products is a second option. But these aren’t the only options. Here are four ways to use licensing as part of your business strategy to get the biggest ROI on your IP investment.
In licensing, it’s not where the market is today but where it’s going. Licensing is about spotting where an industry and companies are going, and capitalizing on it with your IP. That’s why licensing is such an ideal strategy.
When it comes to developing new technologies, many large companies are finding creative ways of using licensing to partner with startups with promising new technologies. One of the biggest banks in North America is now in the startup funding game. TD Bank Group created a $3 million plus investment fund to provide patent application funding for startups in the fintech space.
When it comes to startups there is more than one way to build your business. But these are often overlooked, especially if you’re wearing your “I’m building a business” blinders and miss other options to get your IP into the market. In most cases, startups choose the direct route. What they often overlook is licensing as a strategy to get them to market.