June 25, 2012 (CHICAGO, IL) – Ocean Tomo, LLC, the Chicago-based Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm, announced the results of a proprietary study performed for Crain’s Chicago Business. The study, which ranks the 25 Illinois companies with the highest rated patent portfolios issued in 2011, was performed using the Ocean Tomo PatentRatings® system. This proprietary web-based platform (U.S. Patent No. 6,556,992) calculated a statistical measure of the relative quality of patents issued in 2011 to Illinois companies. Ranking companies based on this statistical quality metric is a proven means to identify future industry leaders. “The Ocean Tomo PatentRatings® study conducted for Crain’s Chicago Business suggests that Illinois has a broad diversity of established and emerging technology driven companies” explains James E. Malackowski, President and CEO of Ocean Tomo.
“Patents are one of the most reliable and critical indicators of a company’s strategic intent,” says Malackowski. “Furthermore, companies holding valuable patents in sufficient quantity are likely to shape industry direction and outperform their peers with respect to equity returns.” Malackowski cites the strong performance of the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (NYSE Euronext: OTPAT) as support for the firm’s conclusions. "The ultimate value of a patent portfolio is not the rating or even licensing income; both are indirect effects” notes Malackowski. “The ultimate measure of value is the portfolio's effect on earnings and stock price. Our rating system has proven to be a forward looking indication of stock value with proven out-performance as compared to the S&P 500 over a sustained period of time.”
To view the study methodology or see the expanded listing of the top 75 Illinois companies, visit OceanTomo.com/TopIllinoisCompanies.
About Ocean Tomo PatentRatings® Software System
Ocean Tomo PatentRatings® software system is the first proven, market-validated software platform for objectively assessing patent quality, relative valuation, and competitive trends for patents, patent portfolios, companies, and technology sectors. The PatentRatings® system provides customizable data solutions and delivers actionable data to companies, investors, bankers, attorneys and other intellectual property professionals and decision makers. The Ocean Tomo PatentRatings® system provides an unparalleled understanding of patent quality, technology implications, and strategic insight. Visit (www.OceanTomo.com/Ratings) for more information about data subscriptions or individual reports.
About Ocean Tomo
Established in 2003, Ocean Tomo, LLC, is the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm. The company provides financial products and services related to Intellectual Property, including expert testimony, valuation, strategy, research, ratings, investments, risk management and transactions. Ocean Tomo assists clients – corporations, law firms, governments and institutional investors – in realizing Intellectual Capital Equity® value broadly defined.
Headquartered in Chicago, Ocean Tomo has offices in Greenwich, Houston, Orange County and San Francisco. 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. as well as the exclusive licensee and distributor of the PatentRatings® system.