An example of a very common property contained in licensing agreements is the image of a cinematic superhero. Toy manufacturers will often allow it to sell action characters that are much more likely to be purchased if they are based on a popular superhero. Another common example is the licensing of a song for an advertising campaign or for use in a movie. In the fast food market, there are a number of franchise-based businesses, where a franchisee holds the rights to the name, products and promotional material of the main company. A licensing agreement is a written contract between two parties, in which one landowner allows another party to use that property under a number of parameters. A licensing agreement or licensing agreement usually involves a licensee and a licensee. Licensing agreements cover a large number of known situations. For example, a retailer could enter into an agreement with a professional sports team for the development, manufacture and sale of goods bearing the sports team logo. Or a small manufacturer could concede a production technology owning a larger company to gain a competitive advantage rather than investing the time and money to develop its own technology.
Or a greeting card company can agree with a movie distributor to create a series of greeting cards that carry the image of a popular animated character. An example of a licensing agreement in the restaurant industry would be that a McDonald`s franchisee has a licensing agreement with McDonald`s Corporation that allows them to use the company`s branded and marketing materials. And toy manufacturers regularly sign licensing agreements with movie studios and give them the legal authority to produce action characters based on popular similarities of movie characters. Most licensing agreements also deal with the issue of quality. For example, the licensee may enter into the contract conditions that require the purchaser to provide prototypes of the product, mockups of the packaging and even occasional samples for the duration of the contract. Of course, the best form of quality control is usually achieved before the fact – by carefully checking the reputation of the licensee. Another common quality provision in licensing agreements is the method of disposing of unsold products.