Today, the major part of the value of a company - on average over 80% - consists of intangible assets. Patents are among the "most tangibles among the intangibles": they can be borrowed, sold, licensed, for example. Companies use them to protect innovations from imitation and as a strategic instrument to keep competitors out of the market or to ensure a strategic balance of power.

Accordingly, patents also allow a deep insight into the R&D activities of companies and reveal much about the planned future and potential capabilities. However, this requires a quality measurement or, even better, a value assessment in order to obtain reliable information. The sustainability efforts of companies can also be supported, substantiated or questioned with patent value analyses.

Our Patent-Insider-Blog compiles interesting information, tips, news and hints extracted from patent values for you.


Surprising decision– UK plans to ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement

Common pessimistic expectations did not come true: Fortunately the results of the June 23 referendum did not derail the UK decision about the united EU patent system. On Monday, November 28 Baroness Neville Rolfe, the minister of state for intellectual property, made the announcement about the planned ratifying of UPC at a meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council. She noted: “… as long as we are members of the EU, the UK will continue to play a full and active role. We will seek the best deal possible as we negotiate a new agreement with the European Union...”[1] The Agreement on the Unified Patent Court has a purpose to simplify the protection of patent rights across Europe by creation of

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