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Patents: Swords, Not Shields

September 30, 2019

Getting a return on investment on your patent portfolio According to the US Patent Office, there are more than 3 million patents in force today in the United States. However, it is estimated that fewer than 3 percent of these have been licensed or commercialized, which means that ultimately they are not making any money…

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Underutilized Assets

September 30, 2019

According to Forrester Research, “U.S. firms annually waste $1 trillion in underused intellectual property assets by failing to extract the full value of that property through partnerships.” This is based on a market of around 3 million patents in force in the US. Extrapolate that figure out globally – where the World Intellectual Property Organization…

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Patents: The Lowdown

September 30, 2019

Often when we start talking to companies about intangible assets someone around the board table will say “you mean IP right? Like patents?” The answer is “yes… and no.” For good or ill patents tend to receive an outsized share of attention relative to their actual impact. Many companies (and countries) boast about the number…

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Scratching the surface

September 3, 2019

Due diligence is fundamental to any major business transaction, whether that be an acquisition, sale, merger, investment, debt issue or IPO. Due diligence has traditionally included financial, legal and management audits and potentially production and information systems audits. In today’s knowledge based economy this is no longer enough. Today, intangible assets make up over 87%…

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