It’s not often that an investor commits to spending tens of millions of dollars on patents so the news from earlier this week that Hawkeye Ventures was pairing up with Dominion Harbor to launch a $50 million fund to buy grants worldwide was enough to raise a few eyebrows. The trials and tribulations of trying to monetise assets in the US would be familiar to anyone who reads this blog thanks to the challenges posed by inter partes reviews (IPR) and changes in the law governing patent eligible subject matter. That is a double-edged sword for investors as it means that realising a return from assets has become much harder but also that patents are as cheap as most people in this market can remember. It doesn’t take a plugged-in broker to tell you that $50 million will buy you a lot of IP.

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