Ocean Tomo Insights

IP-Backed Financing on the Rise

Intellectual property (“IP”) may not be thought of as the most obvious asset used as collateral in security-backed financing, but it has existed since the late 19th century. Famously, Thomas Edison used his patent on the electric light bulb to secure financing to start General Electric. Traditional asset-backed lending is meant to provide businesses with immediate funds and potentially ongoing capital based on a percentage of the value of the company's tangible assets, such as buildings and inventory.

Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index Enters Ninth Year of Publication

Today the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (OTPAT), the only index based on the value of corporate intellectual property, was reconstituted.

IP Marketplace 2020 and Beyond

Last week provided me with a special opportunity to address the global IP team of a Fortune 500 multinational telecommunications company at their bi-annual strategic planning meeting. I was scheduled for the post lunch address in the middle of the four day event that had more than two hundred company participants, Chaired by the company CIPO. My invitation was to share Ocean Tomo's long-range view of the IP marketplace extending to 2020 and beyond.


The semiconductor industry is unique in that its scope stretches across numerous market applications (e.g., automotive, computing, consumer electronics, industrial, wireless communications). Much of the growth in semiconductors can be attributed to the increasing demand in the device technology sectors (e.g., computers, tablets, smartphones). Due to this relationship, the semiconductor industry has become much more cyclical.1   As a result, semiconductor manufacturers have become increasingly wary of R&D spending.

Ocean Tomo to Re-enter Live Intellectual Property (IP) Auction Market

Next Generation Ocean Tomo Live IP Auctions Enhanced by Telepresence Participation to Serve Global Patent Acquisition Community

At the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Annual Meeting this morning in San Francisco, Ocean Tomo CEO Jim Malackowski and Ocean Tomo Managing Director James Trueman announced Ocean Tomo’s next generation intellectual property auction platform.

Ocean Tomo 3D Printing Patent Study

Yesterday Ocean Tomo CEO James E. Malackowski participated on a panel at the 3D Printing Politics conference in Washington, DC. An event where Peter Harter, a lobbyist with deep experience in intellectual property spanning Netscape, EMusic and Intellectual Ventures, assembled a remarkable group of senior business and government thought leaders in the 3D printing industry including:

Patent Reform

On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). This act resembles the Patent Reform Act of 2009, which died in the Senate, and marked the first major change to the U.S. patent system since 1952. Notably, the AIA implemented the “first inventor-to-file” system. Effective as of March 16, 2013, the U.S. patent system was switched from a “first-to-invent” to a “first inventor-to-file” patent system. This system harmonizes the U.S.

Intellectual Property Valuation in the Context of a Global Economy

The global landscape of intellectual property (IP) is highly complex and difficult to navigate. The ability of IP holders to obtain, retain, exploit, and enforce their IP rights can vary substantially from one country to another. The quality of a country’s IP environment is measured both by the existence of relevant IP policy and regulation and the successful application of that policy or regulation. With some exceptions, the majority of high-GDP countries have strong national IP regimes in place.

Intellectual Property Valuation: Early-Stage Technology

Individuals and companies are interested in the value of intellectual property (“IP”) for a variety of purposes, such as sale/license transactions, raising capital, company valuation, litigation, internal IP management, and financial reporting, to name a few. The value of IP depends upon several factors including how it will be utilized, the time required to generate returns, the magnitude of those returns, and the risks involved.