Hard times in the global patent market; but hope too, in places

By Joff Wild and Sara-Jayne Clover

Times are tough for IP dealmakers: pressure to monetise rights is increasing just as patent values are falling and deal volume is declining. There is uncertainty, too, around eligibility and SEPs. These findings and more are revealed in this year’s IAM IP market benchmarking survey

For those hoping for an IP market rebound, this year’s IAM IP market benchmarking survey will be a sobering read. Looking at the main findings, it is hard to believe that just a few years ago, IP deals were headline news, generating big money and leading some to talk about the rise of a new asset class. How times change. Nowadays, although transactions are still happening, values are lower and it is definitely a buyer’s market out there. Licensors, too, are finding it tough – especially if they are non-practising entities (NPEs). All this before you consider current uncertainties around patent eligibility in the United States and the value of standard-essential patents (SEPs).

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