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DeLorean Motor Company Expands Licensing Program

New licensing deals are in the works for DeLorean Motor Company. Mattel has released DeLorean Hot Wheels in black and gold, and Urban Outfitters will be selling Trademarked DeLorean T-shirts in select stores and on www80stees.com. Nike will be producing a DeLorean sneaker, scheduled to debut this fall.

Additionally, DeLorean has partnered with Facebook to be part of a new game called Car Town. You can learn more about Car Town and view a clip here.

Tip of the Week: Licensor Required Insurance, by Andrew Richmond

In a license agreement, the licensor often requires the licensee to maintain various insurance policies and, for some of those policies, add the licensor’s name to the policy for the term of the agreement plus a post-expiration period.

Before entering a license agreement, a licensee should confirm with its insurance provider that the licensee: a) has in place (or can secure in a timely fashion) coverage for the licensor-required policies; b) has (or can secure) sufficient coverage to meet the licensor’s minimum (e.g., per occurrence) and maximum (e.g. aggregate) limits; c) can add the licensor as an additional named insured; and d) can provide certificate(s) of insurance to licensor within the licensor-proscribed time period. Below is a brief recap of the more common licensor-required policies:

General Liability: Comprehensive policy which covers contractual liability (covers insured in the event that insurer fails to perform under the contract); products liability (covers insured from liability that may incur as the result of some defect in insurer’s manufactured or sold product); property damage (covers insured from property damage from insurer’s defective product); and personal injury (covers insured against personal injuries from insurer’s defective product). Although some license agreements may not require general liability insurance, one or more of these components, most commonly product liability insurance, will be required.

Advertisers Liability: Covers insured against claims for libel, slander, defamation, infringement of copyright, invasion of privacy, etc., arising out of insurer’s advertising program, and may not be applicable if licensee does not advertise its licensed products.

Workers’ Compensation: Covers employees for any injury arising out of and in the course of employment. All states have laws that require such protection for workers and prescribe the length and amount of such benefits provided. A licensor will not require its name to be added to the licensee’s workers’ comp policy and this policy is less frequently addressed in the license agreement.

Errors and Omissions Insurance: Covers insured for mistakes made by non-medical professionals for business mistakes, and also less-frequently required.

“Tip of the Week,” is written by attorney Andrew Richmond, president of the Richmond Management Group, Inc. (RMG). Andy has more than 15 years of business and legal affairs experience with such companies as Fox, Hallmark, Jakks Pacific, and Sony. Currently, as president of RMG, Andy provides his clients with business and legal affairs representation, with a focus on licensing, promotions, marketing, and related matters.  Andy can be reached at andy@richmondmanagement.com.

LIMA to Sponsor Brand & Character Licensing Zone at Creative Market Tokyo 2010 Trade Fair in October

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has announced its sponsorship of the Brand & Character Licensing Zone at the Creative Market Tokyo 2010 trade fair taking place at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) October 13-15. Creative Market Tokyo (CMT) is a rebranding of the Licensing Asia and Tokyo Contents Market held last year. CMT is a one-stop solution trade fair offering a range of creative content featuring new and upcoming properties as well as long-established classics. CMT is an official Japanese government-backed CoFesta (Japan International Contents Festival) event. Co-Festa is the world’s largest comprehensive content festival encompassing games, animation, manga, characters, broadcasting, music, film, fashion, and design. Through CoFesta, CMT will benefit from extensive PR and exposure. New initiatives for CMT’s Brand & Character Licensing Zone include enhanced on-site presentation facilities for property launches, licensee meetings and press briefings, a property display gallery area, and a pre-show e-mail PR service to the trade fair visitor database. Returning programs for 2010 include the licensing awards ceremony, seminars, and complementary distribution of the licensing “Yellow Pages” directory. With a record attendance of nearly 10,000 trade visitors in 2009, CMT is the ideal platform for presenting properties to the Japanese licensing community. LIMA members that exhibit will receive a discount from the exhibition fee. More information on the Brand & Character Licensing Zone at CMT, including downloadable exhibition pamphlets and application forms in English, are available online. Alternatively, please contact the Creative Market Tokyo Brand & Character Licensing Zone Secretariat (Phone: +(81) 3 5282 8105 Fax: +(81) 3 5282 8478 Email: lcsasia@convention-info.net). For information on LIMA Japan, contact info@limajapan.org.

Tip of the Week: Evaluation of Prospective Licensee, By Andrew Richmond

During initial negotiations between a licensor and prospective licensee, a licensor will want to know as much as possible about the prospective licensee. A licensor should perform research to determine whether the licensee is the right fit for representing the licensor’s property, taking into consideration the following factors:

Financials: If the company is publicly traded, the licensor should review reliable, third party finance websites, which will have detailed information on the company. If the company is privately held, the licensor will need to purchase a third-party prepared report (e.g., Dun & Bradstreet report), which includes collected data detailing a company’s credit-worthiness and financial stability. These types of financial data provide the licensor with needed nuts-and-bolts information vital in assessing whether the prospective licensee has the financial ability to succeed with the license opportunity.

Referrals and Recommendations: The licensor should contact other licensors who previously worked with the company to get their assessment of a prospective licensee’s adherence to license agreement provisions, quality and timeliness of work, sales efforts and achievements, payment history, availability for discussions, etc.

Samples: The licensor should require prospective licensees to send samples of past work.

In-person Assessment: The licensor should request a visit to a prospective licensee’s corporate offices, factories, warehouses, etc. This look into the prospective licensee’s business provides the licensor with the opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversations and observe the company’s business operations. Nothing impresses more than a well-run, professional operation.

“Tip of the Week,” is written by attorney Andrew Richmond, president of the Richmond Management Group, Inc. (RMG). Andy has more than 15 years of business and legal affairs experience with such companies as Fox, Hallmark, Jakks Pacific, and Sony. Currently, as president of RMG, Andy provides his clients with business and legal affairs representation, with a focus on licensing, promotions, marketing, and related matters.  Andy can be reached at andy@richmondmanagement.com.

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