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.
R&D is an expensive undertaking…especially for certain industries such as bio-sciences or pharmaceuticals. But sometimes your know-how, such as an R&D process, can turn into a licensable (and valuable) intellectual property that others can use to develop their IP.
One example is a small pharmaceutical company, who licenses its antibody R&D platform to other drug companies. In return for rights to use the R&D platform, licensees pay fees to use it and royalties on sales from each product incorporating its antibody technology.