Joint venture licensing is used by both large and small companies. In the case of large companies, the goal of the JV partnering strategy is to acquire more customers, enter new markets or gain certain efficiencies, such as promotional costs. For startups and early stage companies, joint venture licensing is a good strategy to reduce operational costs and accelerate their growth.
I often speak with startups and experienced business owners about different ways they can use licensing to make their business more profitable. And I always get the same response – why has no one ever told them about these strategies before! That’s when I realized I needed to offer a training program just for startups and business owners to share the secrets of how to use licensing to launch a startup and grow a business.
DSL created a multi-billion dollar industry. It was launched into the market by a startup who licensed the technology from a top US university. The IP changed the internet and catapulted this startup into a a world leader. For startups, developing an IP from the ground up is an expensive and risky endeavor. But there is a better way to launch a startup.
The growth of IP and licensing is creating new, previously un-thought of ways to exploit and use it. Savvy IP owners are finding new sources of income by re-purposing their IP for use in a different industry or product application.
Intense competition makes firms more open to licensing outside intellectual property. In today’s interconnected market, your competition is no longer your competition. Instead, they are potentially your best business partner.