How can I license and protect new web ideas?
I would appreciate your thoughts on licensing ideas and intellectual property.
I have marketable web-related strategic domain names and patents, new business ideas behind these, and have the marketing know-how. The problem is I'm still creating and patenting more ideas, and I'm a one-person firm. And after several years of idle intellectual property, concluded these should be actively marketed via licensing.
In promoting licensing, my strategy is to set up a brochureware explanatory website, and then post graphical links into Facebook groups with startups and business people, who might be interested in licensing to develop further. The brochureware website would describe the new web service, its potential profits, and its intellectual property. A graphical linked ad is then placed into the Facebook groups inviting those interested in taking a look.
The problem is that a considerable percentage of the worth is revealed once I post these into groups. It would be difficult for someone to steal these outright, but they may be able to figure out what markets these are (spotting these market niches is part of the worth). If they then move with a substitute, this would devalue my first-mover advantages.
I don't see I have many choices. What are your thoughts?