Globally, disputes around confidential information trade secret theft are increasing. Unfortunately far too many companies pay far too little attention to these unsung, but critical information assets. They are often the most valuable assets a company today owns, but they are off balance sheet, are not on the fixed asset register (by definition) and their impact is not typically captured in the P&L. They are out-of-mind and out-of-sight and that makes them vulnerable.
There is a common misconception, largely based on outdated accounting standards, that it is not possible to value data. This is incorrect. You absolutely can value data – it just requires a different methodology as it needs to take into account a much broader range of factors than are included in a traditional physical asset or business valuation.
In this webinar, EverEdge CEO Paul Adams and Dilworth IP’s Managing Partner, Michael Dilworth discuss how to leverage the extremely valuable assets that already exist within your company. Additionally, they provide insights into best practices for recognizing and monetizing your intangible assets and strategies to mitigate the ever-increasing risks associated with these assets.
Our January newsletter focuses on intangible asset audits. Modern accounting standards tend to encourage companies to ignore or overlook intangible assets – they either don’t make the balance sheet at all, are lumped together under goodwill, or are merely recorded at cost (for which there is virtually no correlation at all to value). This means that the value and risks around intangibles assets often end up being masked. However, conducting an audit of your intangible assets can help uncover the true value of these assets.
Our final newsletter for 2018, and where we outline some of the key highlights for our team from the past 12-months, and look head to 2019 as we share our insights into intangible asset trends we think will rise to the top of the agenda in the year to come.
As companies start planning for 2019, intangible asset risk management should be at the top of the agenda. If it's not near the top of yours, we'd suggest reading about the level of damages awarded in the recent Cochlear IP litigation case. At A$380m - more than 17x the amount the business has set aside for liability - it is a stark reminder to Boards and management teams that intangible asset risk needs to be taken seriously.
Today, intangible assets are not just the largest repository of value, but they are also the primary drivers of future company performance, which means they are also what fundamentally drives today’s (and tomorrow’s) share price.
To read more about what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up, please read on.
Intangible asset valuation is important because intangible assets now account for over 87% of all company value. These assets are not just the largest repository of value they are also the primary driver of enterprise performance. Unfortunately the area is poorly understood and traditional valuation methods are often inaccurate or misleading. The result: investors frequently materially under or over pay for companies and assets.
We are delighted to announce that EverEdge and IP ValueLab - a subsidiary of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) - have signed an agreement toprovide strategic intangible asset advisory services in Singapore. The agreement positions EverEdge to expand into the burgeoning intellectual property market in Asia, through a new office in Singapore - its first in Asia – joining its existing offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.