A couple years ago, I filed and was granted a US utility patent, and have been manufacturing and marketing it, by myself. But now I've decided I've had enough of that kind of stress, and I would rather just license it. However, now I discover that I forgot to pay a maintenance fee, and therefore unintentionally abandoned my patent. Should I talk to a licensing agent first, in order to gauge the viability of obtaining a licensing deal, or should I first reinstate the patent and then contact a licensing agent? Just asking because reinstatement isn't cheap.