“Facebook did not file its first patent until two years after its inception,” observes Mike Pellegrino (Pellegrino & Associates). “In this age, you can't be an eight-year-old tech company without a strong IP portfolio,” and, of course, the strength of an IP portfolio depends on solid valuation metrics and methodologies.
Consider Facebook’s recent purchase of 750 patents from IBM, “in part to likely counter Yahoo's patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook,” Pellegrino says. “We've seen this story before. For instance, Overture (a search engine later owned by Yahoo) sued Google before Google's eventual IPO in 2004 and received 2.7 million shares of Google in a settlement, which Yahoo sold thereafter. Somewhere in the bowels of Facebook,” Pellegrino says, “you hope someone is paying attention to IP valuation issues.”
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