September 15, 2018 at 9:42 am #7242VeronicaParticipant
I was reading some articles the other day about licensing and I realised everywhere I looked, they were talking about going to one company only when trying to license, and if that one doesn’t want to, go to the next and so on.
I’m curious to hear your opinions on this. Do you think it’s a good idea to approach more companies at a time?
VeronicaSeptember 15, 2018 at 10:20 am #7243DannyParticipant
Personally, I wouldn’t approach multiple companies at the same time for the same idea, because of one big reason. If a company is interested, the first thing they would do is ask 2 important questions: ‘what other company knows about your idea?’, and ‘do you have a patent or a PPA for it?’
Every other reason derives from this first one.
When you start discussing with a company, an NDA is required, in which you’re asked to disclose which companies you have already talked to about your idea. So if you show your idea to multiple companies you’re basically lowering your chances, you’re giving away your advantage. What you ideally want to do is make the companies think they have an advantage over their competitors, make them play off one another.
And lastly, something you shouldn’t even start approaching companies if you don’t have yet is a patent or at least a PPA. You have to be careful not to have your idea stolen. Don’t assume that if a company is huge it also has good ethics. That’s false in 90% of the cases. If we look back, history will show us many cases of corporations stealing ideas from regular people who could do nothing about it. Just like the inventor of the windshield wipers that are still used today, who got too excited and showed it to Ford Motor, and then watched his invention get successful under the name of someone else.September 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm #7244Tom KirkParticipant
I completely agree with Danny. Other than what he said, I recommend signing up for a coaching program on how to license your idea. I’ve heard of the Steven Keys program but I’ve personally never tried it. Maybe you can look it up and see if it suits you.October 25, 2018 at 5:53 pm #7334Joe SteemParticipant
Find a company that may have similar products or can use your invention and contact their marketing department.
The marketing department is the one that has the most knowledge of the market and if they see a benefit using your invention they will push it thru.
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