The IP in IPO: IP Valuation Lessons from Recent Public Exits

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October 31, 2019
Efrat Kasznik
intellectual property
intellectual property, intangible assets, private company valuation, initial public offering (IPO), patent

Summary

The year 2019 is shaping up to be a record year for IPOs: from iconic brands, such as Levi Strauss, to technology disruptors, such as Lyft and Pinterest, billions of dollars in valuations have been realized through public exits, providing hefty returns to investors and shareholders. When it comes to understanding what triggers the enormous valuations of some of these companies (commonly known as “unicorns”—a private startup with a valuation in excess of $1 billion), an interesting question to explore is the role that IP assets play in driving the valuation. One thing we know from a previous study done on unicorns is that most of them hold very little patents, if any. Join Efrat Kasznik and analyze several recent IPOs involving several unicorns and try to understand how the value of these assets is reflected in the value of the initial public offering.
The IP in IPO: IP Valuation Lessons from Recent Public Exits
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