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Why smart corporate IP strategies need licence on transfer

By James Kovacs and Nader Mousavi

Licence on transfer is an emerging and flexible licensing tool which should be a part of every corporate IP transactions strategy

Despite the advent of inter partes review and other patent reforms, non-practising entity (NPE) patent litigation remains a challenge and a cost to corporations. The vast majority of patents asserted by NPEs originate with operating companies, and patent sales to NPEs remain one of the key aspects of corporate patent risk today. Traditional strategies for addressing patent risk – such as patent cross-licensing, so-called patent ‘détentes’ and defensive aggregation – are proving insufficient.

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