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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Understand your patent attorneys but does an inventor always need to patent their work in order to license it’s a great question what do you think I like it and I’m gonna I’m gonna ask you the same thing on the trademark side Matt later okay fundamentally as I was trained and know the law in order to structure a contract around an asset to license it yes you do have to have that asset you have to own it and so yes you would have to have a patent in order to license something um I believe there are agreements for transferring know-how okay and know-how or knowledge without actually having an asset but it’s not a license right there’s nothing too license a license is a very specific type of legal document that articulates what specific type of asset is being given under what time period what are the catches right what are the repercussions for termination and enforcement of that license so long story short yes you would need a patent to license something

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at