Patent Market

“The 2021 Brokered Patent Market.” Richardson et. al. IAM Media (March 2022)

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Since we started tracking the brokered patent market in 2012, we have seen more than $38 billion worth of patent assets offered on the market. As market information becomes more accessible, more companies participate and close deals.

In this report, you will find asking prices by technology, buying trends, advice on buying practices and much more.

This is our 10th consecutive year of publishing our annual market report, and we are always trying to improve the report. Please drop us a note with any comments or suggestions.

We provide these reports in an effort to bring greater transparency to the market. To that end, we just finished our ROI Real Prices survey of more than 35 recognized IP leading companies. The survey analyzed the closing prices of over 760 deals worth more than $2 billion. Although we cannot include the results of that report here, they were compelling. Please contact us if you would like more information about ROI Real Prices.

This article first appeared on IAM-Media, published by Law Business Research – IP Division.

Download the PDF version: “The 2021 Brokered Patent Market.” Richardson et. al. IAM Media (March 2022)

“A Patent’s Journey From IAM Market to Facebook v Blackberry.” Oliver et. al. IAM Media (July 2020)

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Five years since IAM Market was launched, analysis by Hannes Forssberg Malm and Erik Oliver of Richardson Oliver Insights shows that assets listed on the platform have been put to good use by those who acquire them.

“A Patent’s Journey From IAM Market to Facebook v Blackberry.” Oliver et. al. IAM Media (July 2020), available here.


“U.S. Patent Sales by Universities and Research Institutes.” Love et al. Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (August 2019)

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In addition to licensing or litigating patent rights, universities have the option to sell their patents outright to third parties. In this chapter, we explore the extent to which universities and other nonprofit research institutes currently participate in the secondary market for patents.

“U.S. Patent Sales by Universities and Research Institutes.” Love et. al. Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (August 2019), available here.

“AT&T’s Portfolio is a Treasure Trove for Buyers.” Diakun. IAM Market (February 2019)

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IAM recently covered AT&T’s increased activity in the secondary patent market, with Lyft, Uber and Facebook among the companies that have purchased its assets.  The telecoms giant has a significant portfolio – in terms of volume and quality – which has attracted a number of businesses looking to bolster their own holdings.  

“AT&T’s Portfolio is a Treasure Trove for Buyers.” Diakun. IAM Market (February 2019), available here.

Richardson and Oliver as World Leading IP Strategists – 10 Years at the Top

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For ten years, IAM Magazine has selected the top 300 IP strategists in the world. Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver are honored to be included for their tenth and ninth years respectively. From Joff Wild, editor of IAM Magazine, “IAM Strategy 300 has identified individuals who offer top-tier services relating to the development and implementation of strategies which enable IP owners to maximise the value of their portfolios.” Richardson and Oliver are dedicated to bringing greater transparency to the industry through publications and presentations on topics like HEVC licensing, Intellectual Ventures’ holdings, and the secondary patent market. Furthering access to patent market data, Kent Richardson said “With the launch of Richardson Oliver Insights (roipatents.com), we bring our groundbreaking patent market reports and analysis to a broader audience and enable more people to buy, sell, and value patents.”

Read more about the IAM 300 here.

“So, China – Buyers Sellers Litigation.” Richardson et. al. LOT Network Bridge (May 2018)

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BRIDGE provides an exclusive opportunity for member companies from across the globe — industry leaders and innovative startups — to share ideas, learn from IP experts and build stronger networks that provide value to our member companies.

At the event, Kent Richardson will speak be speaking with Ray Strimaitis, VP, Corporate Development and Global Strategy at AST, on IP in China. We’ll be discussing who’s buying, selling, asserting, and provide an update on PAE litigation.

“So, China – Buyers Sellers Litigation.” Richardson et. al. LOT Network Bridge (May 2018), available here.

Richardson Oliver Insights Launches Suite of Patent Market Data and Analytics Solutions

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“Like what Zillow did for the real estate market” – Data on $12B in deals covering 120,000 patents for sale across nearly 5,000 deals

LOS ALTOS, Calif.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Today, Richardson Oliver Insights launches a suite of data and analytics solutions providing patent buyers, sellers, and executives access to patent market data covering over 120,000 patent assets and nearly 5,000 deals. The data spans hundreds of technologies and market sectors including smartphones, wireless communications, cloud computing, social networking, OLED displays, and semiconductors.

“Patent strategists need more and better information on what patents are available, at what price, and comparables. Richardson Oliver Insights represents the next critical step in providing patent market information directly to patent holders and patent buyers, like Zillow did for the real estate market,” said Suzanne Harrison, author of “Edison in the Boardroom.”

“Patent strategists view buying and selling patents as a tool for risk management, but they lack the necessary information to make decisions easily. Our mission is to enable patent transactions and accelerate the patent market by providing reliable, comprehensive, data-driven solutions to patent buyers, sellers and decision makers,” said Kent Richardson, CEO of Richardson Oliver Insights. “To grow the market from the current $250M annually to billions requires greater access to information and more transparency. We provide both.”

Working with the community, Richardson Oliver Insights sources and organizes available patent deals from hundreds of patent sellers and brokers worldwide. For buyers, Richardson Oliver Insights’ proprietary database includes patents available for purchase today, pricing, evidence of use, and technology sector comparables information. For sellers, Richardson Oliver Insights provides information on past buyers, market pricing, advice on best practices, and which brokers might fit the sellers’ needs. Patent strategists use patent market analytics to evaluate broader industry trends, evaluate risk, and identify opportunities.

Join Richardson Oliver Insights at IPBC Global

At IPBC Global 2018, Kent Richardson will be speaking on the patent market and patent buyer dynamics. Hear the latest developments June 10-12, 2018, at the Palace Hotel San Francisco.

About Richardson Oliver Insights

Founded in 2018, Richardson Oliver Insights is a leading provider of secondary patent market data. Lead by industry veterans and thought leaders in the heart of Silicon Valley, Richardson Oliver Insights has comprehensive patent market data and analytical experience needed to help patent buyers find the right patents at the right price, help patent sellers optimize their sales offerings, and help patent strategists to make data-driven decisions. Founders Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver, Chief Operating Officer, have helped customers navigate the patent market completing more than $90M in patent transactions, and have authored over 80 publications and presentations. Their popular annual patent market report is available here. IAM Magazine has selected them to be included in the top 300 IP strategists in the world for the past eight years running. For more information, visit roipatents.com.

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