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Patent-Insider-Blog

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.

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) - what patents reveal about it

The topics of sustainability, climate neutrality, ethical principles and fair dealings with employees, customers and suppliers are the current major topics. In order to determine to what extent a company follows these principles, so-called ESG ratings of companies are drawn up. Investors are encouraged to invest primarily in companies that have based their corporate philosophy on the above principles. The extent to which this also leads to serious innovation-investments and the impact this has on technological progress has not been considered to date. But patent activities can provide insight on this. A recently published study by InTraCoM GmbH investigated to what extent the innovation beha