How they do it: As IBM is the business with most patents generated per year in the US, it provides customers to license some of its IP. This includes not only the licensing of the patent but also access to IBM’s team of researchers, scientists and developers and further infrastructure to generate revenues with the IP.
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How they do it: Levi’s is not designing and manufacturing new products for all its brands on its own but has several geography and brand based licensing deals in place. This allows a 3rd party to design, produce and distribute clothing under one of the Levi’s brands.
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How they do it: Google licenses its IP through various products to 3rd parties which wish to use a certain technology or build a business based upon it. For this purpsoe, Google runs a web portal where 3rd parties can apply for the use or acquisition of a patent.
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How they do it: Ford uses its iconic blue oval logo to license its use to other product areas besides cars and has build a substantial amount of revenue in this area. Licensees include categories such as aftermarket stores, dealers, merchandise, toys or video games. However the intention behind it is not only to generate additional revenue but also to widen the reach of the brand and ”bring the brand where the consumer is” (e.g. convenient stores).
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