So you’ve decided you want to license your intellectual property. Now what? Just like tangible property, intellectual property has monetary value. You have to protect it. A solid licensing agreement can help you protect, manage and control your intellectual property when giving another entity permission to use it.
Licensing agreements don’t have to be long or complex. In fact, agreements that are simple and straightforward are usually more effective—and, more importantly, enforceable. Below are a few of the key terms you’ll want to cover in your agreement.
Your licensing agreement should clearly identify which parties are entering into the licensing agreement. You’ll also want to specify whether subsidiaries of your licensee’s company will be permitted to use the intellectual property.
The scope of the license should be clearly specified. Since you’ll be retaining ultimate ownership rights, your licensing agreement will grant limited rights to the other party. Make sure the boundaries are clear. At the same time, you’ll want to avoid being to restrictive with rights so licensees will want to use your intellectual property. Before you draft a licensing agreement, be sure you understand the different types of property rights, such as:
Most licensing agreements are non-exclusive, which means you can sell your intellectual property rights to multiple parties.
Most licensing agreements include terms controlling the revenue streams generated by licensed intellectual property. This can include a one-time licensing fee, recurring royalties or payments, or a combination of both. Payment terms may also cover ongoing maintenance fees. Does the licensee need to reach specific sales targets? If so, your payment terms should also cover the consequences of failing to meet sales goals.
There are many other terms that can be specified in a licensing agreement, including:
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