Welcome to Ocean Tomo

The Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ Firm

Established in 2003, Ocean Tomo, LLC, the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm, provides industry leading financial products and services related to intellectual property including financial expert testimony, valuation, strategy consulting, proprietary research products, investment services, risk management products, innovation management services and transaction brokerage. Ocean Tomo assists clients – corporations, law firms, governments and institutional investors – in realizing Intellectual Capital Equity® value broadly defined.

Spanning five distinct yet complementary lines of business, our comprehensive suite of products and services is built upon more than two decades of experience valuing intellectual property in the most rigorous of venues – State, Federal and international courts. Our financial, market and technical experts provide a unique understanding of the contributory value of proprietary innovation. This is the cornerstone of our business. This insight permeates every practice.

Headquartered in Chicago, Ocean Tomo has offices in Greenwich, Houston, Irvine, San Francisco and Seattle. Subsidiaries of Ocean Tomo include: Ocean Tomo Risk Management, LLC; Ocean Tomo Asset Management LLC; OTI Data Networks, LLC; Patent Marking, LLC; and Ocean Tomo Capital, LLC – publisher of the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index family. Ocean Tomo is the founder of the Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), Inc., creator of the live public open cry auction marketplace for intellectual property as well as the exclusive source for Ocean Tomo Ratings™.

At Ocean Tomo we target value realization and measurement at the intersection of intellectual property and private equity finance.


James E. Malackowski
Chairman & CEO

New Legal Rules May Benefit Patent Market

The “marketplace” for intellectual property, and patents in particular, is represented in commercial licensing and sale transactions as well as by an award of reasonable royalties in the courts. Since the passing of the American Invents Act (AIA), there has been significant change in both segments as patent owners and counterparties seek to digest changing conditions. The rigors of the legal process make it even more difficult for the judicial market to adjust as the process for assessing value follows a process which is not easily amenable to change.