Need Broad Patents Fast? Try This.

By Jackie Hutter That title got your attention, didn’t it? It was meant to. After another successful round of patent application examinations for several clients in the last year, I thought others would like access to my proven patent acquisition methodology. Certainly, there’s a lot more than I can include in this post, and what […]

Music royalties – a siren song for niche investors seeking higher yield

By Bruce Berman A small but growing number of investors are buying the rights to musician’s future earnings, hoping to beat the fixed income returns and other markets. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “Music Royalties Strike a Chord,” these fixed income investors are lured by future returns of 8%-12% annually, when […]

Intellectual Property Value in Startup Investments: A View from Silicon Valley

By Efrat Kasznik Intellectual property assets (IP Assets), primarily patents and software, have been the driving force behind high tech companies, but often times investors fail to understand their unique value as strategic business assets.  Investors tend to focus on the defensive value of IP Assets, as it relates to protecting the company’s own products, […]

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 […]