Monetizing IP: Patent Pools & Copyright Catalogs

By: Ian McClure

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

Nashville’s Copyright Exchange: Packaging Catalogs

By: Ian McClure

Copyright and music publishers in Nashville have for years adopted and exercised a business model that was created decades ago. That model includes hiring songwriters, or buying the composition right to songs (as opposed to the sound recording right), and marketing those rights to record labels and artists for inclusion in an upcoming album (and the payment of performance and mechanical rights). Transactions in this business have been controlled and channeled by those companies that have been doing it for a long ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Copyright Caucus