A New Look At Intellectual Property And Innovation In Africa

By Patrick Terroir Africa: Dawn of a New Era Africa is a large continent with 54 countries. A solid average growth rate of more than five per cent over the past 15 years bears witness to the region’s impressive economic potential. A growing labour force and a large and emerging consumer market hold the promise […]

Intangible asset mis-pricing creates a value opportunity for investors

By Dr Chris Donegan The Wall Street Journal (from which this graph is borrowed) and other notable journals have pointed out repeatedly that the absence of intangible assets in corporate balance sheets undervalues the enterprise value of the market substantially.  The WSJ estimates this as much as $8 trillion. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) […]

There Is No Yelp for Patent Brokers – 10 Best Practices for Picking a Patent Broker

By Kent Richardson Clients often ask us to help them find a patent broker. Unfortunately, unlike real estate brokers, you cannot simply look up patent broker reviews on Yelp. With new brokers entering the market, old ones leaving, and little market transparency, it can be difficult to pick a patent broker. And this is a […]

IP licensing

By Donal O’Connell What is an IP license? An IP license in its simplest form is an agreement where an IP owner (the Licensor) permits another person (the Licensee) to engage in activities that, in the absence of the IP License Agreement, would infringe the Licensor’s legal rights attaching to the IP. In return the […]

Buying Patents? Plan to Buy Them in the First Six Months

By Kent Richardson Buying patents takes time. Selecting the right patents from the myriad available, diligence, building the business case, pricing, and negotiations, all take time. Next there is the internal corporate approval process: legal, business unit, finance. So, how much time do you have? We all know that faster would be better, but how should […]

34% Pricing Premium and 41% Better Chance of a Sale. Selling a Patent With or Without Claim Charts?

By Kent Richardson “I Don’t Look at the Seller’s Claim Charts” or Maybe You Do We regularly hear from our corporate patent buying clients that they do not look at the claim charts provided by the sellers. Creating claim charts is expensive and time-consuming. If buyers are not looking at them, why prepare them? Our […]

China Focus: Managing Intellectual Property as a Business Asset

By Alex Bayntun-Lees For most businesses, intangible assets represent more than 50% of the value of the enterprise. The most significant group of intangible assets are those protected by intellectual property such as inventions, designs and brands. Since they form such a large part of the overall value, their management as financial assets is important […]