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

Director Liability for Mismanagement of IP Assets

By: Ian McClure
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As a corporate law practitioner, an interesting IP question that pops up with more regularity is whether and under what circumstances a director of a corporation may be held personally liable for mismanagement of intellectual property.  This question is usually not posed with reference to conflict of interest possibilities, but instead with regard to the duty of care and its implications on maintaining complete information and making sound decisions with regard to that IP.   Of course, many board members don't completely understand the ins ... Read More

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

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

IPscore: New Tool for Patent Valuation from the European Patent Office

By: Ian McClure
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The European Patent Office (EPO) has released a new tool to evaluate individual patents called IPscore, which was actually purchased from the Danish Patent Office.  The process includes 40 assessment factors using predefined scales determining responses.  It can be downloaded at the EPO site HERE, including a manual for direction. Read More

Categories: Today in IP

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

IP Valuation: But in which context?

By: Ian McClure
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After reading Jackie Hutter's (author of the IP Asset Maximizer Blog, a great read) comment under Joff Wild's post on IAM, I hastily posted a response (comment #15).  Subsequently, I read some other responses, and after giving Jackie's words some more thought, I slightly digress from my initial response. I still believe transparency is the key to standardizing IP valuation.  However, when I speak of such valuation, I do so in the transactional context.  Jackie's words, "valuation of intangible assets primarily by what ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Investment Intelligence, Portfolio Potential

Corporate Intangibles Value Down, but Transparency is Key

By: Ian McClure
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At one time, it was believed that at least 70% of all corporate value was in a corporation's intangible assets. This percentage, while probably assuming too much for many companies, and also too little for others, has been agreed upon by numerous IP professionals. Apparently, the "average" is stumbled upon by subtracting a corporation's tangible assets from its market capitalization, the remaining assets presumably being IP. It is true that tangible assets have made up less and less of a corporation's market ... Read More

Categories: Burgeoning Business, Investment Intelligence, Portfolio Potential

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