95 percent of active patents fail to earn even one dollar of licensing revenue. It’s not just patents that go unused…other types of IP including trademarks, copyright and trade secrets lie abandoned and unused, locked inside businesses of all sizes who are missing out on a treasure trove of new […]
Very often, the difference between success and failure for a startup is its ability to raise additional capital. Most startups have little or no revenue, large research and development expenses, and few tangible assets. The start-ups’ primary and most valuable asset is their intellectual property —patents, trade secrets, trademarks, or copyrights.
Today’s big corporate money deals are not buying tangible assets such as inventory, equipment and real estate. And big money finance deals are not being secured by tangible assets. The big M&A and financing deals are now targeting the most valuable business asset in the world – Intellectual Property. The […]
Trade secrets are one of your most valuable business assets and essential to your growth and competitiveness.It’s valuable because it’s something your competition doesn’t have. Trade secrets include inventions, know-how, and show-how information.
Today the economy is going through a transformation. The term ‘knowledge economy’ is the recognition that knowledge is the driver of innovation and the creation of IP. IP is an enormous value driver for today’s companies, and it’s a value that is just now being recognized.
One of the biggest assets of most companies (public and private) is IP. In the 1970s, IP was not recognized as any kind of “asset.” Traditional assets such as plants, equipment, products, and inventory – tangible assets – comprised the lions’ share of a typical company’s assets. Today, these tangible assets represent less than 20%, and intangible assets – including IP – represent 80% of the balance sheet assets. Yet, the tremendous value of IP is often overlooked. It is viewed as an afterthought – something a company gets to protect its rights and not recognized as a value creator. However, that is quickly changing as stakeholders, investors and shareholders are now recognizing that companies with IP can indeed be very valuable.