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At the controls of the global IP market express

By Joff Wild, Jack Ellis, Richard Lloyd and Sara-Jayne Clover

An elite group of individuals drives the international IP deals market, with big-ticket, innovative transactions, new ways of looking at value creation and cutting-edge thought leadership. We reveal the IAM Market Makers 2015

In the 16 months since we published the first Market Makers ranking in issue 66 of IAM (July/August 2014, pages 61-75), the IP market has changed dramatically. A month after we named our 40 leaders, the US Supreme Court handed down its Alice decision, heralding a new era of profound uncertainty, with the viability of software patents called into question and dozens of plaintiffs in patent cases stymied by Section 101 eligibility arguments. Alongside a raft of previous Federal Circuit and Supreme Court judgments, as well as the activities of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), this has had a chilling effect on licensing activity in the United States, with potential licensees now having far less incentive to sit down and negotiate prior to the initiation of legal action.

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