How do you license an art design or pattern?

Licensing an Art Design or Pattern

The first step in protecting your art design or pattern is to protect it through a copyright or trademark. Visit for complete details. Next, visit an attorney and have them draft up a license agreement that you can use with third parties. Another option is to consider a Creative Commons license. The aim of Creative Commons is to enable copyright holders to grant some of their rights to the public while retaining others through a variety of licensing and contract schemes including dedication to the public domain or open content licensing terms. The intention is to avoid the problems current copyright laws create for the sharing of information. Visit for more information.

Here are more opinions and answers from other FAQ Farmers:

  • You must first patent your design. Look for a patent office. Make sure you compare prices. Here in Brazil some of them charge astronomical figures. Patenting your design, idea or product directly with the US Intellectual Protection Institute, organization or whatever will definitely be cheaper and should not be difficult to do. After that, you contact your potential client, If they are interested in your design or pattern you either sell them the patent or loan it to them for a specified period of time in exchange for a sum of money. You can also negotiate a percentage of sales as a means of payment for your intellectual design.