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Jeff Goodwin is the author of "AI Robots Running Your IP Renewal Strategy". SUMMARY: Companies have seen their IP portfolios grow significantly since the 1990s, but with a growing portfolio comes growing costs, both in prosecution and renewal fees. As the cost to maintain a portfolio continues to grow, companies need to start thinking smarter and more strategically about their portfolio and begin determining what qualifies as important IP (i.e., IP that provides value and ROI). What makes a patent valuable can vary between companies, which may be why there isn't a solution on the market to assist in IP renewal strategies. Where one company values a patent that protects a product, another may value IP with high licensing value and opportunity. Now there are IP management solutions on the market, but these solutions do just that, allow you to manage your IP; they don't help you value and determine which patents you should renew or not. Though these IP management tools do make paying renewal and maintenance fees a lot easier, many have automatic payments, so you never have to see the money leave. So, what is your IP renewal strategy? With growing IP portfolios, how can one reign in the costs and make their portfolio more valuable?

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Do Investors Care About IP Anymore? When IP Is a Consideration in Devising Investment Strategies

It's been two decades since Intellectual Property (IP) and its development became a defining element in investment strategies for parties on both sides of the negotiation table. In the late 1990's, investors wanted their dot-com startup companies to have patents, as it would help the company appear innovative. Even after the dot-coms went bust, investors regarded IP as upside protection; meaning, if the company went under, the IP portion of the portfolio could keep the deal from being a complete loss. Investors, like Venture Capitalists (VCs), who got burned by multiple failed investment efforts, turned their interest towards start-up companies with a strong balance sheet versus those with no revenue potential. For example, if pre-investment research showed that the start-up had a Freedom to Operate (FTO), then IP became a more important consideration on an investor's check list.

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ipCapital Group's 16th Annual Thought Leadership Conference

March 18th - 20th, 2020
Join ipCG for one and a half days focused on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in intellectual property (IP) development and management. Speakers will address their AI project efforts, and discuss strategies for use, benefits, pitfalls, and outcomes - plus what is on the horizon - in this exciting and potentially disruptive area. As is customary for ipCG’s events, ample time will be allocated to roundtable discussion and Q&A on the topics presented with the attendees.

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John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, Nancy Edwards Cronin, Principal Partner, and Bruce Story, Senior Advisor are among 300 of the world’s pre-eminent IP strategists named in the latest edition of IAM Strategy 300 - The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

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ipCapital Group's 16th Annual Thought Leadership Conference

The New Frontier: AI in Intellectual Property

 

March 18th - 20th, 2020 | Bonita Springs, FL
Hyatt Coconut Point Resort

Registration is OPEN: please click here to register for this event.

Join ipCG for one and a half days focused on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in intellectual property (IP) development and management. Speakers will address their AI project efforts, and discuss strategies for use, benefits, pitfalls, and outcomes - plus what is on the horizon - in this exciting and potentially disruptive area.

As is customary for ipCG’s events, ample time will be allocated to roundtable discussion and Q&A on the topics presented with the attendees.

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