Profit From Your Idea: How to Make Smart Licensing Deals

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The most complete guide to licensing your idea available!

Like most inventors, you dream of striking it rich -- finding a company you can trust, hashing out a fair licensing deal, watching your idea hit...
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The most complete guide to licensing your idea available!

Like most inventors, you dream of striking it rich -- finding a company you can trust, hashing out a fair licensing deal, watching your idea hit the marketplace and then raking in the profits.

But where do you find the right company? And how do you draft an agreement that protects your interests? Turn to Profit From Your Idea.

This book provides the practical advice and the legal licensing language you need to turn your brainchild into a moneymaker. It helps you:

  • understand the licensing process
  • determine your rights
  • work with agents effectively
  • find potential licensees
  • license overseas
  • show your invention while protecting your work
  • negotiate a fair licensing deal
  • draft your own licensing agreement
  • understand, review and negotiate changes

    The 6th edition is completely updated with current law, and provides a new section on funding invention licensing.

    List of Forms
    Agreement Worksheet
    Assignment of Rights: Patent
    Assignment of Rights: Patent Application
    Assignment of Rights: No Patent Issued or Application Filed
    Letter Confirming Employee's Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights
    Joint Ownership Agreement
    Agent Letter Agreement
    One-Way Nondisclosure Agreement
    Mutual Nondisclosure Agreement
    Contract Worksheet
    Letter of Intent
    Option Agreement
    Terms Sheet
    License Agreement
    Escrow Agreement
    Checklist for Reviewing a License Agreement
    License Dates Chart
    Audit Request Letter
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Editorial Reviews

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“Tells prospective entrepreneurs how to move an idea ‘from thought to bought’—and roughly what inventors can expect to get in a licensing deal.” - Los Angeles Times

“Tells inventors everything they need to know to enter into a solid licensing agreement."" - Electronic News

“Gives detailed instructions on working with manufacturers, marketers and distributors...”- Baton Rouge Advocate

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With an array of forms on disk, in combination with the insights of intellectual property attorney Stim, inventors can hold onto the titles and profits of their inventions rather than sell out to companies.
Los Angeles Times
Tells prospective entrepreneurs how to move an idea 'from thought to bought' -- and roughly what inventors can expect to get in a licensing deal.
Electronics Now
Tells inventors everything they need to know to enter into a solid licensing agreement.
Baton Rouge Advocate
Gives detailed instructions on working with manufacturers, marketers and distributors, and addresses issues on copyright and trademark laws, ownership, finances and much more.
San Francisco Chronicle
Excellent . . .
San Francisco Chronicle
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Baton Rouge Advocate
Gives detailed instructions on working with manufacturers, marketers and distributors, and addresses issues on copyright and trademark laws, ownership, finances and much more.
Book News
With an array of forms on disk, in combination with the insights of intellectual property attorney Stim, inventors can hold onto the titles and profits of their inventions rather than sell out to companies.
Electronics Now
Tells inventors everything they need to know to enter into a solid licensing agreement.
Los Angeles Times
Tells prospective entrepreneurs how to move an idea 'from thought to bought' -- and roughly what inventors can expect to get in a licensing deal.
Creative Media Law Group
Thorough, accurate and well presented... This book is a tremendous asset for an inventor with the desire and inclination to do it yourself.' As an intellectual property attorney specializing in licensing transactions, I have enjoyed paging through this book and brushing up on a variety of issues, and yes, even learning a thing or two!
— Greg S. Weber, Esq.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413313253
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 1/2/2011
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, crafts people, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. He is the author of many books, including Whoops I'm in Business, Music Law, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim also produces audiobooks, and performs and records with two bands, MX-80 and angel corpus christi.
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Table of Contents

1. Gearing Up to License Your Invention

  • Licenses Assignments The Licensing Process Avoiding Conflicts Among Multiple Agreements Challenges to Your Ownership Transferring Ownership of Your Invention to Your Business Disclosing Information About Your Invention Keeping Your Records No False Hopes! Reviewing Your Invention’s Commercial Potential

    2. Intellectual Property Protection

  • General Rules for Legal Protection of Inventions Utility Patents Trade Secrets Trademarks Design Patents Copyright Law Sorting Out Nonfunctional Features: Design Patents, Product Configurations, and Copyright

    3. Ownership Issues for Inventor Employees

  • What Type of Intellectual Property Is Involved? Employer/Employee: Patent and Trade Secret Ownership Inventions Covered by Copyright Special Employment Situations Working Out Ownership Issues With Your Employer

    4. Invention Financing and Joint Ownership

How Much Money Do You Need to License Your Idea? Sources of Funding Joint Ownership How Payments, Loans, or Investments Can Create Joint Ownership The Joint Ownership Agreement

5. Licensing Agents and Representatives

  • Agents Completing the Agent Agreement Attorneys as Agents Invention Marketing Scams

    6. Soliciting Potential Licensees

  • Before You Begin Your Search How to Find Potential Licensees How to Overcome a Licensee’s Bias Against Submissions What’s the Best Way to Solicit a Potential Licensee? Product Presentations Should You Solicit Foreign Licensees?

    7. Protecting Confidential Information

  • Confidential Information and Nondisclosure Agreements Proceeding Without an Agreement Waiver Agreements When You Have Sufficient Bargaining Power Disclosing to Employees and Contractors Disclosing to an Attorney

    8. The Key Elements of Your Agreement

  • From Handshake to License Identifying the Parties Describing Your Invention and the Licensed Products Specifying Which Rights Are Granted Defining the Territory Setting the Length (Term) of the Agreement

    9. Money: It Matters

  • Some Basic Royalty Definitions Ways to Get Paid The Mysteries of Net Sales and Deductions How Much Do You Get? Royalty Provisions

    10. Negotiating Your Agreement

  • What, Me Negotiate? Documenting the Important Contract Elements Letter of Intent Option Agreements What If the Licensee Wants to Proceed Without a Written License Agreement?

    11. Sample Agreement

  • License Agreement Optional License Agreement Provisions Modifying the Sample Agreement for Your Needs

    12. Warranties, Indemnification, and Proprietary Rights Provisions

  • Promises, Promises … Warranties, Representations, and Covenants Indemnity: The “Hold Harmless” Provision Licensee Warranties and Indemnity Proprietary Rights Commercialization and Exploitation Samples and Quality Control Insurance

    13. Termination and Posttermination

  • Termination and Posttermination Termination Based Upon a Fixed Term Termination at Will Termination Based on Contract Problems Termination and Bankruptcy Posttermination: What Happens Afterwards? Survival of the Fittest

    14. Boilerplate and Standard Provisions

  • Paying the Lawyer’s Bills Dispute Resolution Governing Law Jurisdiction Waiver Severability Entire Understanding Attachments and Exhibits Notices No Joint Venture Assignments Force Majeure Headings Establishing Escrow Accounts

    15. Service Provisions

  • Service Provisions Versus Separate Service Agreements Training the Licensee’s Personnel Installation of Equipment Technical Support for the Licensee or for End Users Improving, Modifying, and Delivering the Invention

    16. Handling the Licensee’s Agreement

  • Dealing With Suggested Changes Evaluating an Agreement Presented to You Evaluating the Provisions and Suggesting Changes

    17. After You Sign the Agreement

  • Create Your Contract Calendar Dealing With Royalty Statements Resolving Licensing Disputes Avoiding Patent Misuse and Illegal Agreements The Taxman Cometh Quality Control

    18. Help Beyond This Book

  • Licensing and Intellectual Property Resources Working With an Attorney Appendix: How to Use the CD-ROM
  • Installing the Files Onto Your Computer Using the Word Processing Files to Create Documents Listening to the Audio Files Files on the CD-ROM Index
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