Adam Bulakowski, Principal Partner, is the Author of "The VC’s playbook: Diligence essentials for technology-based IP"  

POSTED BY ipCG Team AT 12:38 P.M. March 24, 2017

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Below is an excerpt from the February, 2017 white paper. Read the full paper here.


VC investments can improve monetization options and mitigate risk when diligence considers IP assets from a holistic business perspective, beyond the traditional legal opinions.

When doing venture-stage diligence on a candidate’s IP rights, fundamental business questions should include:

Yes, legal diligence should also inform investment decisions, with tests like ownership, pending third-party demands, assertion entity risk, and freedom-to-operate. But those legal opinions don’t answer the above questions.

The following steps of IP diligence go beyond the legal checkboxes to inform economic decision-making:

Across most VC-intensive sectors, candidate investments require higher quality and more focused IP rights to improve the likelihood of returns. With this broader, business-oriented perspective of IP diligence, investors can mitigate and/or diversify their risk. In addition, post-investment, they will have a stronger base of IP rights from which to capture opportunities.

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