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Richardson and Oliver Named in IAM’s World’s Leading IP Strategists

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ROL Group partners Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver have again been named in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

The IAM Strategy 300 is an annual list compiled by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine that identifies the industry leaders in developing and implementing strategies that maximize IP portfolio value. To qualify for a listing in the IAM Strategy 300, a person must be nominated by others from outside of his or her own organization and have what IAM calls “exceptional skill sets, as well as profound insights into the development, creation, and management of IP value.”

This is the seventh year that Richardson has been named to the list, and the sixth year that Oliver has been named to the list.

What’s Inside IV’s Patent Portfolio?

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Citation: Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver.”What’s inside IV’s patent portfolio?” IAM Magazine, Issue 66, July/August 2014

In December 2013 Intellectual Ventures (IV) took a step towards transparency by publicly listing about 33,000 of its patent assets, representing 82% of its patent monetization portfolio ( Analyzing IV’s portfolio has now become a tractable problem. Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver penned an article for IAM Magazine that examines what is in the portfolio, what IV buys and what IV did after the purchases.

This article is published in IAM Magazine, Issue 66 July/August 2014. We thought you would like to see some of the analysis.

The above graph illustrates when assets in IV’s portfolio were litigated relative to their assignment to IV.  IV purchases many assets that have already been litigated, but also litigates a similar amount after purchase.  It is also clear that most of IV’s litigation is in it’s name, with only a fraction being asserted in the name of a holding company.

This graph shows the concentration of sources for IV’s purchases. Though the majority of deals are with small or individual entities; this misses an important insight. Due to the size of a few large deals, most of IV’s assets are from very few companies. 22 companies sold IV more than 100 assets and the assets from these companies’ accounts for 37% of IV’s portfolio.  Approximately 60% of IV’s assets come from only 100 companies. The conclusion? An active cross licensing, or licenses that spring when a transfer to an NPE occurs, could have greatly reduced NPE risk.

Here is the list of those top 100 sellers of patent assets to IV.

Additionally, Richardson Oliver Law Group is offering the data set supplemented with our proprietary data. Clients of Richardson Oliver Law Group can obtain this data at no charge by contacting ROL Group.

An example of the data available in ROL Group's analysis, available for purchase.

An example of the data available in ROL Group’s analysis, available for purchase.

IV Portfolio Analysis

IV published their portfolio of approximately 33,000 assets at the end of 2013.  We then compiled and analyzed further information on the US assets in their portfolio in order to get a better picture of the portfolio as a whole.  This data includes assignment records for the transfer to IV ownership, from whom the asset was assigned, the age of assets in their portfolio at the time of transfer, priority dates of assets, if an asset has been litigated, and the technical areas most of each asset.

This data can be used to evaluate the risk IV poses to a particular field or company based on the percentage of their portfolio in that field, the litigation history, and the expected expiration of assets in that field.  This information will guide business decisions on building a defensive portfolio, making cross-licensing agreements, and inform negotiations of licenses with IV.

Richardson, Oliver & Winghart Selected for the IAM Strategy 300

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We are pleased to announce that Kent Richardson, Erik Oliver, and Monica Winghart have been selected for inclusion in Intellectual Asset Management Magazine’s IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. From the IAM press release:

“IAM researchers in the United States, Europe and Asia spoke to a wide range of senior corporate IP managers, as well as third-party IP service providers, in order to identify these IP leaders: men and women whose business is the creation, development and deployment of strategies that enable IP owners to gain maximum value from their portfolios. Only those individuals nominated multiple times by different parties as outstanding IP strategists are listed in the IAM Strategy 300.”

The Brokered Patent Market in 2013

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The Brokered Patent Market in 2013, IAM Magazine, Issue 63 January/February 2014 The Brokered Patent Market in 2013, IAM Magazine, Issue 63 January/February 2014

“In the next issue of IAM we will be publishing an article by Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver, of ROL Group, which looks at 186 patent packages – consisting of a total of 5,394 issued US patents and 7,595 total patent assets worldwide – offered by brokers and other sellers over the past three years. Richardson and Oliver write:

Our analysis is based on a sample of the market, not the entire market. We estimate that while running buying programmes, we saw somewhere between 35% and 75% of the available packages, depending on the time and the particular project. Also, because of our clients’ locations, we tended to see more US-focused transactions. We have excluded some of very large deals that had over 200 patents or were not widely distributed, even though brokers may have been involved from our analysis, in order to provide decision makers with clear insights about the characteristics of the pool of packages that are readily available. Even with these notes, we believe that our data is sufficient to draw conclusions about the market.”

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Turning the Spotlight on the Brokered Patent Market

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We look at 186 patent sales packages – consisting of a total of 5,394 issued US patents and 7,595 total patent assets worldwide – offered by brokers and other sellers over the past three years. Analysis includes average asking prices ($344K per asset), time to close is about 180 days, and 16% actually sell.

Turning the Spotlight on the Brokered Patent Market, IAM Magazine, Issue 57 January/February 2013