IP Finance Gains Momentum; Needs Standards

By: Ian McClure
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As individuals and small businesses look to secure funding during a credit freeze, finance innovation has led to a jump in IP-based funding.  In 1997, David Bowie opened eyes when he issued asset-backed bonds on the basis of future royalties, raising over $55 million.  This year, Annie Leibovitz, the famed photographer for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, secured $16 million in loans by pledging her life's work of copyrights.  The practice is not exclusively available for stars, however, as companies are turning ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Investment Intelligence, Monetizing IP, Portfolio Potential

IP Valuation Revisited

By: Ian McClure
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A few months ago a post on Joff Wild's IAM blog sparked a great debate about the valuation of IP, the difference in valuation contexts, and the viability of a practical approach.  Jumping into the discussion late, Michael Martin of Broken Symmetry posted a "final word" comment on Wild's post and on Broken Symmetry.  A few of his words moved me to revisit the IP valuation discussion on IP Prospective with a few of the standard-setting initiatives that have commenced, old and new.  One of ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Copyright Caucus, Investment Intelligence, Monetizing IP, Patent Prospects, Portfolio Potential, Trademark Trends

The IP Audit: Finding Intangible Value in a Tangible Crisis

By: Ian McClure
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While many companies have chosen to cut costs and ride the recession wave, some savvy companies are taking this time to discover new value in their company; value in the intangibles.  Although some executives equate "cost-effeciency" with cutting employees and holiday parties, others are finding undiscovered or underutilized intellectual property and turning it into a new profit center.   While IP value generally isn't included on a balance sheet, its distinctive worth to a company shines at a time when standard revenue streams demonstrate ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Monetizing IP, Portfolio Potential

Monetizing IP: Investing in Defensive IP Aggregators

By: Ian McClure
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The success of "patent trolls" has been the root of a new anti-patent troll model implemented to defeat the patent troll movement and instill value in precious IP. RPX, a San Francisco-based start-up, is a "defensive IP aggregator". It is a firm that buys up free-market patents in an effort to safeguard tech companies from expensive patent lawsuits. The firm sells memberships to companies based on the company's operating income, and then turns around and buys patents on the market that relate, ... Read More

Categories: Monetizing IP, Patent Prospects, Portfolio Potential

Monetizing IP: An IP Stock Market (of sorts)

By: Ian McClure
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I might be stretching it a bit to call it a stock market (this early), but developments are on the horizon to push IP in that direction. The success of public auction events such as the Ocean Tomo auctions has sparked a new concept that will continue the trend toward liquidity of IP value. The Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), of which Ocean Tomo is the founder and majority owner, is "the world's first financial exchange with an intellectual property focus." With its ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Investment Intelligence, Monetizing IP, Portfolio Potential

Monetizing IP: Patent Pools & Copyright Catalogs

By: Ian McClure
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A somewhat recent phenomenon in the patent arena is the creation of "patent pools", where a number of dynamic companies with different agendas throw their patents onto a single licensing platform making their patents available under common terms. In effect, a company's IP is available to pool members, but barriers to enter the market are effectively erected, causing more prospective competitors to license from the patent pool. Therefore, even when a company's specific patent is not needed, it reaps the benefit. These ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Monetizing IP, Patent Prospects, Portfolio Potential

Monetizing IP: Sale and License-Back

By: Ian McClure
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This is the "have your cake and eat it too" scheme. Companies often believe that core intellectual property only holds value in the competitive advantage it creates through its operational use. Although this may be true in some cases, a core IP sale and license-back model may be advantageous in other situations. If a company's IP is critical to its operations, but it needs cash to operate, it may sell its IP to another company in a transaction that allows the selling company ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Monetizing IP, Portfolio Potential

Monetizing IP: Sale of Core and Non-Core IP

By: Ian McClure
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(The following will be the first installment of a series called "Monetizing IP" that IP Prospective plans to run daily over the next week. The topics will cover conventional models such as sale, license-back, and outbound licensing, and then will move to new models, such as patent pools, IP auctions, IP stock markets/investing, and defensive IP aggregators.) It is no secret that we live in an information society, but consider the following: according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, intellectual property in ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Monetizing IP, Portfolio Potential

Welcome to IP Prospective

By: Ian McClure
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IP Prospective will be a source of information and a medium for intellectual exchange at the intersect of intellectual property, law, investment, money, and corporate action. It is my hope that this online magazine will serve as a center of information and ideas for those with a keen interest in the future relationship of intellectual property and business. Indeed, while some may measure the success of this weblog by the quantity of readers it accrues, it is the quality of readers that will make the success uniquely ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Copyright Caucus, Investment Intelligence, Monetizing IP, Patent Prospects, Portfolio Potential, Trademark Trends

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