Toshiba is turning to patent sales – and, it would seem, NPEs – to create value amid financial troubles

Japanese corporates have historically eschewed patent monetisation; a deep-seated ‘not invented here’ syndrome and a fear of feeding ‘trolls’, combining to negate most motivations for selling IP assets.

But attitudes change – particularly when the economic going is tougher than ever.

Japanese corporates present huge opportunities for patent buyers as they look to streamline their portfolios

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently published an overview of the findings of its 2015 IP activity survey. Highlighting trends in IP management and value creation strategy among Japanese organisations, the survey results indicate that rights holders in the country are increasingly seeking to extract additional value from their portfolios. As they do so, they are potentially creating rich opportunities for prospective buyers on the lookout for patents.