A small developer of predictive analytical software tools for stock traders recently signed a $5 million international licensing agreement for its technology. The deal gives its licensing partner exclusive marketing rights in China. In return, the licensee will pay a $250,000 advance and $100,000 in monthly royalty payments that escalate based on sales milestones. This […]
For many startups, going all the way from IP development to market launch is often capital intensive. Many times funding is hard to get because of the high costs and risks involved. That’s where the licensing route is one of best strategies to use.
One of the most important and overlooked areas of your start-up is intellectual property. It’s often your most important core asset and the difference between your success and failure in the market. But the question is whether your start-up is managing your IP the right way to succeed in the commercial marketplace. Get it wrong, and your start-up is doomed to failure. Here are top 4 fatal IP mistakes and how your start-up can avoid them.
Figuring out the right exit path and a specific plan to get there is challenging. As a startup, you face many unknown variables in regards to how successful you’ll be in the market. It can’t be done effectively without careful analysis and a clear, realistic vision. Without exception the objective is to sell for the highest possible price. But the problem is most startups often provide overly optimistic or unrealistic assessments of their exit options, and wind up turning off investors.
Is your intellectual property a breakthrough technology or an incremental improvement? The former creates a new industry, the latter improves existing products or technologies. In this article, we’ll take a look at what a disruptive or breakthrough IP is, and some key factors to consider when deciding whether starting a business or licensing it is […]