More likely than not, anyone working at the patent transactions coalface will tell you that today’s market is considerably quieter than it was just four years ago.
China’s patent market has developed at breakneck speed, thanks in no small part to government policies at both the national and provincial level that have encouraged filings and IP-backed loans.
IAM Market was pleased to broadcast its first-ever webinar last week. The session – which was hosted by IAM editor Joff Wild and Kent Richardson, partner at Silicon Valley’s Richardson Oliver Law Group (ROL) – was brimming with high-level insights on how best to prepare your patents for sale.
Towards the end of August, South Korea’s central bank released its IP balance of payments figures for the first quarter of the fiscal year. For a country that has grown used to running at a considerable deficit when it comes to payments for use of IP assets, the latest data was – at a glance, at least – positive.
IAM Market vendor MiiCs & Partners – an IP consulting firm that is exclusively authorised to monetise the patent portfolios of Foxconn Group and its affiliates – has listed a number of packages from Japanese electronics giant Sharp over the past few weeks.
In a transaction characteristic of today’s patent marketplace, Qualcomm announced this week that it has licensed its wireless charging technology for electric vehicles to automotive parts manufacturer Lear Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement, Lear will include Qualcomm’s Halo wireless charging technology among its product offerings for clients including automotive manufacturers and vehicle-charging infrastructure companies.
When discussing the patent transactions marketplace – including here on the IAM Market blog – it is all too easy to take it for granted that, by and large, we are talking about operating companies.
However, it is not just businesses competing in terms of product or service offerings that have a need to buy, sell and license patents. A major deal agreed last week shows that, even amid the trials and tribulations of today’s US patent market, the investment industry is still interested in picking up portfolios in the appropriate conditions.