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Can Your SME use Intellectual Property Assets for Financing?

In recent years, there is growing awareness that intellectual property (IP) assets can be monetized. There are various ways to do so. IP can be sold, licensed, used as collateral or security for debt finance, or it can provide an additional or alternative basis for seeking equity from friends, family, private investors (the so-called “business…
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The effect of patent acquisition on subsequent patenting activity

The importance of the patent market has increased in the high technology market due to open innovation and social efficiency. As most high-tech firms cannot rely on their own repository of technologies, they need to employ external technologies. These can be acquired through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or from the patent markets, which is often…
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Watch Out! Gain Valuable Insights by Monitoring Competitors’ Patent Activity

Competitive technology and industry sector intelligence are critical aspects of maintaining and increasing marketing share for a technology company. While present day technology market activities of competitors are relatively easy to observe, insights into prospective strategies are harder to come by. An often overlooked but powerful way to gain this kind of competitive intelligence is…
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Financing Alternatives for Companies

Using Intellectual Property as Collateral For many intellectual property (IP) centric companies suffering from cash flow constraints, traditional financing options may be unavailable or too expensive to pursue. Using IP as collateral is an emerging business option that may offer a financing opportunity for companies with valuable IP assets seeking alternative sources of capital. In…
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Final Report from the Expert Group on Intellectual Property Valuation

The European Commission  appointed a panel of European intellectual property (IP) valuation experts whose tasks included reviewing the valuation methods for IP and their use, identifying bottlenecks in these methods for the purpose of a company’s financial reporting, access to finance and litigation, identifying good practices and recommending policy actions. According to this report, “the…
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A Predictive Model of Technology Transfer Using Patent Analysis

The rapid pace of technological advances creates many difficulties for R&D practitioners in analyzing emerging technologies. Patent information analysis is an effective tool in this situation. Conventional patent information analysis has focused on the extraction of vacant, promising, or core technologies and the monitoring of technological trends. From a technology management perspective, the ultimate purpose…
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What’s It Worth? Principles of Patent Valuation

Attorneys specializing in intellectual property (IP) law must occasionally counsel clients on how best to extract value from, or monetize, patents in their portfolio. This is an increasingly important consideration for patent owners as they seek to maximize return from all their assets, including intangible assets. Determining the best approach to take toward patent monetization1 can…
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OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations

This edition of the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines incorporates the substantial revisions made in 2016 to reflect the clarifications and revisions agreed in the 2015 BEPS Reports on Actions 8-10 Aligning Transfer pricing Outcomes with Value Creation and on Action 13 Transfer Pricing Documentation and Country-by-Country Reporting. It also includes the revised guidance on safe…
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OECD Patent Statistics Manual

Patent data are an outstanding resource for the study of technical change. Alongside other science and technology (S&T) indicators such as R&D expenditure and personnel or innovation-survey data, patent data provide a uniquely detailed source of information on inventive activity and the multiple dimensions of the inventive process (e.g. geographical location, technical and institutional origin, individuals…
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