An attorney's view of patent marketplace and what it means for licensing values

BVLaw Alert took special note of comments by Raymond Millien (PCT Law Group) at last week's National Bar Association 85th Annual Convention in New Orleans:

IP is still a highly-illiquid asset class with a very inefficient marketplace.  That is, potential sellers of IP rights historically have been unable to access a large quantity of buyers who are willing to pay a predictable price under an agreed-upon set of conditions.  Furthermore, IP transactions are characterized by difficult acquirer identification, long periods of negotiations and endless due diligence activities.
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Additions to ktMINE’s Royalty Rates and Records Database reflect the active IP market. From the thousands of records filed with the SEC during 2Q, ktMINE identified and added 88 material contracts that contained non-redacted royalty rates.  The effective dates of the newly-added records range from June 29, 1995 to June 21, 2010, with 61% of the agreements containing effective dates between 2009 and 2010.

"Professionals across industries, and across the globe, need to be sure that their IP intangibles analysis stands up against the latest market data," states David R. Jarczyk, COO of ktMINE. "That’s why we place such a high priority on adding the most recent market comparables to ktMINE as quickly as possible."

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