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Companies often are acquired for their IP portfolios. Landscape analysis can be useful if being acquired is a company’s long-term goal. Companies should study the patent landscape, predict where their competitors are heading, and focus research on improving the next generation of products. This will improve the odds of acquisition by a company trying to develop its next generation of products or looking for patents for use against third-party competitors.
Valuable IP portfolios are rarely built in a vacuum. BIPC surveys which patents populate a target market, analyzes what those patents cover, and identifies who owns them. The goal is to understand the space your competitors are protecting, the research they are pursuing, and the direction your research and patenting efforts should be focused. It also provides insight into the external challenges your company may face upon market entry.
Freedom To Operate
Obtaining a patent does not convey the unimpeded right to make the underlying product. Hundreds or even thousands of patents potentially can cover a single product. Before entering a market, a company must understand this thicket of IP rights and develop an IP road map. BIPC performs freedom-to-operate (“FTO”) analyses, which will identify the aspects of your product that are covered by third-party patents. It also will highlight how your product differs from what has already been patented.
Business Strategy-Based Patent Filings
BIPC approaches building portfolios from the perspective of an investor. The most valuable patents provide a competitive advantage by protecting a key feature, decreasing costs, or blocking a competitor from entering a niche.
Potential competitors’ patents can be a tremendous resource for developing a portfolio strategy. Historically, the patent system was created to promote scientific and technological progress. In return for a limited right to practice an invention exclusively, patentees must disclose publicly the technical details of their inventions. This disclosure accelerates development by allowing others to build upon the technical achievements of the patentee, essentially beginning the process of developing (and patenting) the next generation of products, sometimes before a patented product even reaches the market.
Monetization: Extracting Value From IP
IP often is the most valuable asset of innovative companies. Patents, among other forms of IP, can have value before products reach the market, and even if products fail in the market. One of the biggest benefits of focusing on IP when preparing for market entry is that it maximizes the future value of a patent portfolio. BIPC incorporates monetization goals while developing long- and short-term IP strategies.
Sale of Patents
BIPC provides patent brokerage services to offer IP assets to specific companies that would gain a competitive advantage from acquiring that IP. Though more labor intensive than an open auction, BIPC believes that this targeted approach has a higher likelihood of achieving maximum value.
BIPC assists companies in developing revenue streams from licensing their portfolios. This often is an ideal strategy for companies that do not have the resources for large scale manufacturing and marketing.
BIPC recognizes that properly protecting IP requires capital, and that many innovative companies on tight budgets are forced to choose between funding immediate needs and building long term value. BIPC believes that the impending changes to the capital markets brought about by the JOBS Act may in part solve this problem, and it has pioneered a unique approach to leverage IP to obtain capital.