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Published March 15, 2024

Brad Brown

Hi there, I’m Brad, representing IP Works. Today, we’re diving into the world of patent licensing, exploring how it can benefit both creators and the environment. Specifically, we’ll discuss a groundbreaking collaboration between IP Outdoors and the renowned brand Patagonia in wetsuits.


Wetsuits have long been a staple for water enthusiasts. They are typically made from neoprene, a rubber material that could be more environmentally friendly. However, in its pursuit of sustainability, Patagonia joined forces with IP Outdoors to create a revolutionary non-neoprene wetsuit. Unlike its traditional counterpart, this wetsuit is biodegradable, contributing to a greener planet and reducing the need for resource-intensive materials like rubber and neoprene.


The journey began with Patagonia’s development of this innovative product. They chose a non-exclusive license instead of opting for an exclusive license that would grant them a monopoly over the market. This decision paved the way for other companies and individuals to benefit from the groundbreaking technology, fostering collaboration within the outdoor gear community.


By selecting a non-exclusive license, Patagonia demonstrated a commitment to sharing the wealth of their invention. This licensing model allowed multiple entities to access and utilize the technology, ultimately generating additional revenue for Patagonia and providing a platform for others to contribute to the cause of sustainable innovation.


The advantages of a non-exclusive license became evident as more partners joined the initiative, each contributing to the widespread adoption of biodegradable wetsuit technology. This collaborative approach boosted Patagonia’s profits and allowed the environmental benefits to reach a broader audience. In contrast to the exclusive license, which could have limited access, the non-exclusive route accelerated the technology’s dissemination, making it more accessible to different manufacturers and brands.


Now, the market is witnessing a shift from traditional neoprene wetsuits to eco-friendly alternatives, all thanks to the open licensing approach adopted by Patagonia. This financially benefits the creators and license holders and contributes to a more sustainable future for outdoor enthusiasts.


If you’re intrigued by licensing agreements and wish to explore how you can offer licenses for your inventions or take advantage of existing patents, we invite you to contact us at IP Works Law. Our team is passionate about helping innovators navigate the complexities of patent licensing, ensuring that groundbreaking ideas can make a lasting impact on both the industry and the environment.


In conclusion, the story of the biodegradable wetsuit illustrates the power of collaboration and responsible licensing in the outdoor gear community. Patagonia has elevated its brand by choosing a non-exclusive license and paved the way for a more sustainable and eco-conscious approach to outdoor gear innovation. Let’s continue exploring new horizons in our outdoor adventures and our commitment to preserving the beauty of the natural world we hold dear.


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Brad Brown

Leading the patent team at IP Works Law is Bradley M. Brown, Esq. Brad is a USPTO registered patent attorney who lends his expertise to patent, trademark, and enforcement matters.