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“2016 Patent Market Report: Patent Brokers and Patent Packages.” Richardson et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2017)

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2016 saw a significant rise in both the number of patent brokers and patent packages. Though the frequency of package sizes is similar to 2015, there is a remarkable increase in single-asset packages in 2016, and we continue to see a trend of the market favoring smaller packages due to their marketability. We explore this topic in Part 2 of our 6-Part series on our 2016 Patent Market Report.

“2016 Patent Market Report: Patent Brokers and Patent Packages.” Richardson et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2017), available here.

“2016 Patent Market Report: Overview.” Richardson et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2017)

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While 2016 may have seemed like a tough year for the patent market – with dropping sales, decreasing prices, and the effects of Alice continuing to take its toll on fintech – there are also many new opportunities emerging. Our 2016 Patent Market Report shows that despite these setbacks, the patent market continues to be robust.

“2016 Patent Market Report: Overview.” Richardson et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2017), available here.

“The 2015 Brokered Patent Market: A Good Year to Be a Buyer.” Richardson et. al. IPWatchdog (February 2016)

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In many ways, the patent market is where the rubber meets the road in terms whether patents are valuable. It is the place where individual patents are assigned a price and also where companies often go for business solutions to patent challenges. We believe that shedding light on this market brings greater liquidity to patents as business assets, and brings all inventors and patent professionals more mindshare with business leaders. Here is our report on the brokered patent market in 2015.

“The 2015 Brokered Patent Market: A Good Year to Be a Buyer.” Richardson et. al. IPWatchdog (February 2016), available here.

 

“The Brokered Patent Market in 2015 – Driving Off a Cliff or Just a Detour.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2016)

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Asking prices are down, but the patent brokerage business is not in as poor health as it may first appear – especially for a select handful of players. Here, we share our analysis of the brokered patent market in 2015.

“The Brokered Patent Market in 2015 – Driving Off a Cliff or Just a Detour.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2016), available here.

“The Brokered Patent Market in 2014.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2015)

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Every year, we carefully track the brokered patent packages for sale on the open market and provide insights into the comprehensive state of the market and how it is changing. 2014 has seen prices drop and the deal flow slow down but what does it mean for the future of the market? Continue reading for our detailed report on the brokered patent market in 2014.

“The Brokered Patent Market in 2014.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2015), available here.

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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“The Brokered Patent Market in 2013.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2014)

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While the brokered patent market in the United States is going strong, there is still little analysis of this business. Our review of 222 deals offers insight into what is becoming a lucrative market. Here, we present our analysis of the brokered patent market in 2013.

“The Brokered Patent Market in 2013.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2014), available here.

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

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“Turning the Spotlight on the Brokered Patent Market.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2013)

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Although sales of brokered patent packages reach an estimated $153 million a year, lack of data makes this a tricky market to evaluate. We attempt to illuminate this information void with our review of 186 patent packages consisting of a total of 5,394 issued US patents and 7,595 total patent assets worldwide. Here is our detailed report on the 2013 brokered patent market.

“Turning the Spotlight on the Brokered Patent Market.” Richardson et. al. IAM Magazine (January 2013), available here.