Great question and congratulations with making it this far with your invention! It’s difficult to license your invention without seeking patent protection first. So – I would spend the money to patent it before going out and licensing. Although utility patents can be pricey, the investment is well worth it for a unique product. There are other steps to take other than securing a patent though.
I would suggest compiling a list of manufacturers that would be interested in your product. Googling keywords is always a wise first step. You could also try your local library, which should have some resources helpful for your search. After spending ample time researching possible suitors, it’s time to write a business plan. The United States Small Business Association provides a free guide on how to “.” As you can see, it is a pretty hefty project to undertake though!
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