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.


Webinar – October 17th, 2017: How to identify the most valuable patents in your portfolio

Filings and maintenance of patents associate with high costs that increase over time. How to decide, whether your patents worth it or not? How to choose patents to be maintained and to make patent portfolios more effective? This topic will be discussed by Dr. Dierk Oliver Kiehne in the free webinar, organized by PatSnap on the BrightTalk platform. He will share the best practices made in this field and explain, how one can achieve the highest possible value of the patent portfolio of the company. Join us on October 17th, at 5:00 pm! You can find more information and register for the webinar at the following link:

The pros and cons of 4 patent valuation approaches

By valuating patents one can choose between several approaches. The paradox is that the most of approaches named in norms were basically not made for patent valuations. Some valuation methods are derived from company valuation (i.e. income approach) or accounting rules (i.e. cost approach). This can lead to problems in applying the methods to all patents. Different approaches may also lead to completely different results for the same patent – so what approach to prefer? There are 4 typical approaches that are currently used in patent valuation: Income approach Cost approach Market approach Indicator based approaches In following we describe these approaches and show the pro and contra of the

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