Tactical vs Strategic Licensing

Part I

Would you like to increase your bottom line – without additional capital or research investment?

Would you like to tap into new foreign markets – without investing in property, plants, or equipment?

Would you like to develop new technologies – without expanding your existing R&D resources?

Would you like a base level of revenues to help smooth out otherwise cyclical earnings?

Would you like your technology to become the industry standard?

Is all of the above too good to be true? Well, it’s all true! For more than two decades, major corporations as well as start-ups and companies in between have enjoyed these outcomes. An important vehicle these companies have used to achieve these results is technology licensing — licensing that they approach strategically, rather than opportunistically, to maximize the commercial value of their technology.

Tactical Licensing – Why and How

Even after two decades of proven results from technology licensing, there are still many companies that have yet to recognize its potential as a significant element of business strategy.

Often companies treat licensing as a low-priority, after-the-fact tactic. This “tactical” approach to licensing is used as a means to recovering a portion of the development cost, as long as the company’s strategic market position isn’t compromised by such licensing. In these companies, the licensing staff provides services to the business units only as needed and licenses only what the business units don’t want.

Strategic Licensing

At the other end of the spectrum are companies whose approach to technology licensing (and, more broadly, intellectual property licensing) is best described as “strategic”. These companies have effectively created sustainable technology-licensing businesses based on developing and realizing value from technology-based intangible assets.

Moving from Tactical to Strategic Licensing

Moving from tactical to strategic licensing doesn’t happen at the grassroots level of the organization. The decision to incorporate technology licensing as a key part of the overall corporate strategy is most often made by the CEO, and it’s made explicitly. At some point, the CEO decides that the company is going to begin using its intellectual assets in a way that is significantly different from the way these assets have been used historically. From an operations perspective, the transformation from tactical to strategic licensing requires a supporting evolution in three distinct areas:

• Business processes

• Resources

• Organization

In Part II of “Tactical vs Strategic Licensing” (our next month’s blogpost), we’ll explore in greater detail the “right” business processes, resources, and organization for a successful transformation from tactical to strategic technology licensing.

For more on creating value by commercializing technology, see https://www.prakteka.com/category/technology-commercialization/

We at Prakteka LLC developed our expertise in market penetration strategies in the context of numerous and diverse client assignments, all focused on using technology to create business value. We are here to help you answer business-critical technology questions, too.

For a customized plan for your needs, contact us at http://www.prakteka.com/contact-us/

What is “Technology Assessment”?

Technology Assessment is a process by which the commercial potential of applied science and engineering can be determined.

“Technology” includes products, processes, devices, services or other embodiments of applied science and engineering.

The process is analytic and systematic.

“Potential” is influenced by a number of identifiable factors:

  • Technical feasibility
  • Requirements for/barriers to implementation
  • Available markets
  • Competing technologies

Technology assessment is useful in situations where client management is uncertain about the commercial prospects for its technology.

The output from a well-planned and executed technology assessment: both qualitative and quantitative answers to fundamental questions in technology-based businesses, e.g.,

  • “This technology is available to us…should we invest in it?”
  • “There are several technologies available to us…which should we choose?”
  • “What is this technology worth?”
  • “We have this technology…what (else) can we do with it?”

We at Prakteka LLC developed our expertise planning and implementing technology assessments in the context of numerous and diverse client assignments, all focused on using technology to create business value. We are here to help you answer business-critical technology questions, too.

For a customized plan for your needs, contact us at https://www.prakteka.com/contact-us/

For more on technology assessment, see the expanded discussion on our Prakteka LLC website, https://www.prakteka.com/category/technology-assessment/

If Your Business Depends on Intellectual Property

If your business depends on intellectual property (IP), then “best practices” for your IP business activities are those that…

…support the business objectives of the company and

…increase company value.

For any high-performing business, there are 4 key building blocks: strategy, processes, resources and organization. Here are these building blocks applied to IP business practices:

  1. Strategy: Which invention concepts are we free to develop? Which are worth patenting? Can we/should we consider an Engineering-to-Own-the-SpaceSM innovation Strategy? 1
  2. Processes: Who decides how and where we should invest our development dollars?
  3. Resources: Can we accelerate our development or broaden our reach by bringing in technologies from the outside? If so, which ones, from where, and for how much?
  4. Organization: Do our IP development initiatives and outcomes have top management’s attention, understanding, and endorsement?

Adopting high performance IP  business practices can enable you to:

strengthen and even shift the basis of your competition

protect IP that delivers high value to your customers and end-users

avoid product and/or technology obsolescence

We at Prakteka LLC developed our IP expertise in the context of numerous and diverse client assignments, all focused on using intellectual property to create and sustain business value. We are here to help you, too,  maximize the impact of your IP on business value.  For a plan customized to your needs, contact us at https://www.prakteka.com/contact-us/

  1. For more on the “Engineering-to-Own-the-Space” Innovation Strategy, follow this link to the SlideShare presentation: https://www.slideshare.net/mhastbacka/engineeringtoownthespace-innovation-strategy

Engineering-to-Own-the-Space is a service mark of Prakteka LLC.