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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.


What influence do patents have on a company’s development?

At the 161st "Hedgework" event in Frankfurt this question was discussed. And what forecasts for the future can be derived from it. Watch the video interview with Prof. Zagos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OofI3RATlnQ Those who invest in their patent portfolio document their innovation-commitment, according to Prof. Andreas Zagos of InTraCoM GmbH to interested parties from the financial sector. If the patent values were high and ideally increased over the years, this would also document the innovative ability, i.e. the positive result of the R&D efforts. According to Zagos, back tests of the last 10 years could clearly prove this. "This link is particularly relevant for those - technically

The 5 most common mistakes that make your patents worthless

Characteristics that are significantly important in a patent valuation. 1. Missing blocking effect Although alternative inventions serve to broaden a protective fence if other technologies or processes with similar functionality have already been patented, in general inventions which are only an alternative (sometimes worse) to other solutions are only of interest to potential buyers who want to increase the blocking effect of their own solutions - i.e. only an indirect benefit. However, someone will hardly want to spend much money if the invention does not give him exclusivity (with a high blocking effect). This lowers the value. The situation is very similar with a very high degree of spec