Weston Anson: IP now represents the largest portion of the value of most companies that require valuations

BVWireIssue #92-1
May 5, 2010

In a recent article in the ABA’s YourABA, Weston Anson (CONSOR) was asked why IP valuation is attracting so much attention suddenly.  Anson, the author of IP Valuation and Management, answered: “I was just at a conference that brought together 200 leading experts in the field of intellectual property. One of my compatriots pointed out that consistently over the last two decades, the value of IP and intangible assets has held very steady at about 60 percent of the value of an entity…this in turn means that every transaction, litigation or arbitration” is likely to be composed of at least 50 percent intangible assets.

And it’s just not the arts or design companies any longer:  Anson comments that “IP is ubiquitous and it covers everything, including…t-shirts for movies, to pharmaceuticals to collectibles at the Grand Canyon.”

To read more on Anson’s views on the valuation of intellectual property and licensing click here.  The BVR/Morningstar Summit on Best Practices for Valuing IP is another opportunity for appraisers and lawyers to master this area of practice.

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