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How an innovation and IP value-chain view can transform portfolio value

By Peter Cowan

While an IP portfolio built on business value chain can have strategic value, companies should take a closer look at how strong links between intellectual property and innovation can expand a portfolio’s breadth and depth

The innovation pendulum is swinging back towards how patent portfolios are created and valued. Apparent instabilities in the legal environment, licence models and the competitive space have left many ventures with little standalone intellectual property – but still a hefty legal annuity to show for it. The new enforcement markets mean that an inherent risk is now associated with filing patents: the process takes longer than it does to get some products to market and is tremendously costly. As a first reaction, there have been shifts in how pure IP portfolios are being developed.

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