Introducing: Sherwood Partners, LLC

By: Ian McClure
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When Marty Pichinson spoke at last week's Ocean Tomo conference in San Francisco on the topic of monetizing IP in distressed markets, I knew I wanted to feature his company next.  The man exudes the combination of IP market knowledge and personable confidence that can win over a crowded conference room, as well as a potential IP buyer.  Marty is the Co-Managing Director at Sherwood Partners LLC, which is a full service business consulting firm that deals in many markets besides just the IP ... Read More

Categories: IP Market Players

The Ocean Tomo IP Conference: Topics of Conversation in the IP Market

By: Ian McClure
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I returned from the Ocean Tomo Spring 2009 Conference and Auction in San Francisco with a head full of questions about the status of the market.  The market continues to grow, and that is a fact evidenced by the number of professionals and market participants that attended the conference.  Nevermind the dismal auction results, which will be the subject of another post, the conference itself and the overall optimistic and enthusiastic mood of discussion that buzzed through the rooms and halls of ... Read More

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

Ocean Tomo Launches OTI.com

By: Ian McClure
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Ocean Tomo launched its new website, OTI.com, a site for global IP market data with a touch of community atmosphere to go with it.  The site was introduced at the Ocean Tomo Spring 2009 Conference in San Francisco last week with a large display booth that attracted a lot of attention from conference attendees, including myself.  The site adds easy patent search tools to a murky market, contributing greatly to the movement for transparency that Ocean Tomo continues to lead.  The platform ... Read More

Categories: Today in IP

Ocean Tomo Spring 2009 Auction in San Francisco

By: Ian McClure
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I will be in San Francisco this week for the kick-off of the IP Markets 2009 series (lets hope its a series) and the live IP auction hosted by Ocean Tomo.  Let me know if you will be in SF this Thursday or Friday and would like to meet.   Rumors have been flying about the economy's negative effect on sale prices for the IP in this auction's catalog, and on IP value in general.  This event will be a great indicator of the economic ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Investment Intelligence, Portfolio Potential

Upcoming Important Dates in Intellectual Property

By: Ian McClure
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March 26-27 - Ocean Tomo commences its IP Markets 2009 campaign with their Spring IP Auction at the Ritz in San Francisco.  This auction is important for Ocean Tomo, as they have recently undergone a restructuring, and rumor has it that their Summer and Fall auctions could be postponed due to the economic climate and its possible impact on pricing.  The conference begeins on Thursday, with three panel tracks covering IP in M&A, Buying & Selling IP, and Greentech IP and Investing.  ... Read More

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

Facing Patent Expirations, Merck to Buy Schering-Plough

By: Ian McClure
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Big news from the pharmaceutical industry today, as U.S. pharm giant, Merck, plans to buy internationally strong Schering-Plough for $41 billion. This deal comes on the heels of the Pfizer/Wyeth deal, and proves yet again that a patent portfolio must continue to reinvent itself or else drastic actions must be taken. Merck was facing patent expirations on many of its largest profit-making drugs in the next 3-7 years. Schering-Plough apparently doesn't have the same exposure to patent phase-outs, and its sales are ... Read More

Categories: Today in IP

Licensing Executives Society Urges Obama to Improve IP Commercialization Policy

By: Ian McClure
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In a letter sent to President Obama this week from the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the new administration was asked to consider three initiatives to improve the marketplace for intellectual property.  According to the LES press release "[t]he United States must do more to help innovative ideas and products reach the marketplace," and there needs to be new measures taken so that technology transfer and the commercialization of intellectual property is made easier and more efficient.  Three specific initiatives were set forth ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Investment Intelligence, Portfolio Potential

Venture Capital vs. Venetian Capital

By: Ian McClure
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An investment banker friend sent me a very interesting blog post from Broken Symmetry.  It creatively considers an historical analogy, at the intersect of business method and creative process, between 15th Century Venice and modern day Silicon Valley.  The piece goes on to discuss comparisons between the two, such as their isolated position from other major metropolitan centers (Florence and Rome, LA and New York), or their aspiring classes of artisans and entrepreneurs.  There also exists a parallel between the investors of both ... Read More

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

IP Auctions - Adding Transparency to the IP Market

By: Ian McClure
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Transparency, or the lack thereof, has caused hopeful transactors in the IP market more frustration than Terrell Owens has caused General Managers in the NFL. The sell-side has never had a platform on which to market their rights to all potential buyers, and the buy-side has never had a platform on which complete information is disclosed. This is partly (and to some, wholly) due to the inherent character of intellectual property and its valuation. The phenomenon of IP Auctions, however, has the potential ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Patent Prospects, Portfolio Potential

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