Make releases and licensing agreements FAQs
A Licensing Agreement allows a licensee to produce and/or sell a product. For example, you invented a device that you own the patent for that you are allowing another company to manufacture that device for you. Most small business owners or inventors do not have the means to produce, distribute or sell their product on their own, so a Licensing Agreement can help them get the product to market. It includes agreements about quality control, how changes can be made, and how much royalties will be paid.
Exclusive rights give you and the company you are contracting with licensing rights. Non-exclusive rights give the license owner the rights to provide rights to others.
You do not need a lawyer to make a Licensing Agreement; however, you may benefit from hiring one. These documents can be rather complex and often a lot is at stake making it smart to consult with a lawyer. You may also benefit from consulting with your accountant. If you are contracting with a foreign manufacturer, you may also need a competent translator.
If you have a creative work that has value and needs to be protected, you can copyright it. Tangible creative works that can be replicated and/or have been preserved may be eligible for protection. In most cases, you cannot copyright intangible works such as a speech or idea. You also cannot copyright non-creative works such as a commonly used symbol or letter.
You can apply for a copyright using the Copyright.gov website.