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How can one find a Patent/IP attorney experienced in licensing to the likes of UEI, URC, Amazon?

Ilan Bauminger Smile, People are Challenging

Last updated on August 7th, 2018

I have been granted a PCT (US) patent and developed s/w related to the smart-home and universal-remote-control domains. I thought of approaching the above companies (for licensing) while I am accompanied by someone with relevant experience. Does this approach make sense? How can I find the relevant office? MANY THANKS!!!

David M

August 8th, 2018

Llan,


I am happy to connect and review the information you have. I would approach it from an overall strategy standpoint. Depending on where you are with your business plan, strength of the patent, potential integration, adoption, etc I may be able to reach out to some individuals who were key in Amazon's success. I would have to research the other companies you list. The ideal situation is that you approach the CEO's through an acquaintance or colleague. They will send the request down to their CTO or other C-Level exec. This doesn't guarantee that you reach a deal, but it guarantees decision makers actually review the product. Generally, in this type of situation of going to Amazon, you would probably save your time with Jeff Bezos until a later date where there was more at stake, but if it is big enough, it could make sense to get on his radar. I can likely figure out an attorney in good standing with Amazon. Approach it three dimensionally. Get me a list of every company that could utilize your patent and I will connect the dots.

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

August 14th, 2018

I have a friend who is the head of trademarks for Amazon. I spoke to him about your interest. He does not know the process for licensing patents to Amazon but suspected this is rare. However, he gave me this email address
[patents@amazon.com] for you to submit your idea to them Be aware they do not do NDAs or confidentiality agreements at this stage. I suggest you craft a very brief description of the invention and submit it. Also be aware that their culture is non-powerpoint. Be as direct as you would be in an elevator pitch [who you are, what you make and who the invention is good for, what problem it solves, why it is different from whatever else is in the market]. Teams in AMZN are not allowed to use power point and expected to submit a brief for every idea not to exceed 6 pages. Generically, for each company you approach, you need to know their culture as you would if you were going to a foreign country and make it the easiest on them to say yes.

Michael Forney Strategic Management, Business Intel and Marketing Expert & Consultant

August 14th, 2018

I believe you need to begin with an introduction to a very good intellectual property attorney, provide the attorney with the relevant info regarding your patent, and have a good idea as to where you want to go, what you want to achieve, and the timeline in which you can afford to operate. Your understanding of what you have, your own strategy and plan will dictate the process.