IP strategist: IP due diligence for fundraising

By Patrick Pierre

Classic IP due diligence considers the validity, ownership and encumbrances of rights, and sometimes freedom to operate. But venture capitalists are increasingly requesting a deeper dive into patent assets and strategies

Venture capitalists need to know whether the intellectual property owned by a start-up in which they are interested is perfectly aligned with the promise they are investing in. In reality, the quantity and the quality of start-up owned patents rarely meet that promise. However, this fact is not necessarily a deal breaker if there are competencies and opportunities to build an IP portfolio within an IP landscape under control. Taking time to methodically build and reinforce an IP portfolio is never wasted: it minimises the risks of failure and creates new value to monetise at the next exit point.

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