Can I license my invention without filing a patent application? 2 Answers as of October 15, 2010

What would happen if I tried to get a license for my invention without first filing for a patent

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Kafantaris Law Group
Kafantaris Law Group | Theo Kafantaris
A patent creates a monopoly to make, use, and sell an invention. It can be treated just like real property, and can be sold, leased (licensed), etc. Without a patent, you are merely selling your invention to another, and you are free to negotiate any agreement you like. You will not, however, have the exclusive rights to the invention, and anybody can make the same invention and sell it the same as you do.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/15/2010
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
Yes if you can find someone stupid enough to pay you royalties for something you do not own.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 10/11/2010
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