Valuation Tools for Assessing IP-Related Risks
Mon, 5/11/2015 - 2:00PM — ROY D’SOUZA

Every intellectual property (IP) valuation is unique and requires different methods to form a proper analysis that accounts for the risks involved in a particular scenario. Specific tools and techniques are employed when assessing and accounting for...

Patent Reform - Update to 9/2/14 Blog
Tue, 3/3/2015 - 2:45PM — ROY D’SOUZA

In a September 2014 blog, I wrote that all traction on patent reform stalled on May 21, 2014 when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, officially removed the patent reform bill from the committee’s agenda....

Patent Transactions – A Changing Marketplace
Tue, 12/2/2014 - 1:12PM — ROY D’SOUZA

For more than a decade, transactions of patent assets have been characterized by declining pricing trends on a per asset basis, and this downward pressure on price continues today.  Data collected by ThinkFire on patent transactions that took place...

IP-Backed Financing on the Rise
Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:02PM — ROY D’SOUZA

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...

Semiconductors
Mon, 10/6/2014 - 3:22PM — ROY D’SOUZA

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...

Patent Reform
Tue, 9/2/2014 - 1:48PM — ROY D’SOUZA

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...

Intellectual Property Valuation in the Context of a Global Economy
Mon, 8/4/2014 - 2:01PM — ROY D’SOUZA

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...

Intellectual Property Valuation: Early-Stage Technology
Tue, 7/1/2014 - 10:17AM — ROY D’SOUZA

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...

Intellectual Property (IP) Valuation in Bankruptcy: Perfection of Security Interests in IP
Mon, 6/2/2014 - 10:34AM — ROY D’SOUZA

As the value of corporations continues to shift from tangible assets to intangibles such as patents, copyrights, trademarks and customer contracts, an increasing number of bankruptcies and corporate restructurings involve intellectual property (IP...

Ocean Tomo Serves as Intellectual Property Financial Advisor in the Cengage Learning Restructuring
Fri, 4/4/2014 - 11:00AM — ROY D’SOUZA

Ocean Tomo supported Cengage Learning’s plan of reorganization by serving as the lead valuation advisor to the debtors with regards to valuing certain copyrights that were part of the debtors’ estate. The copyrights represented a meaningful portion...

SXSW: The NSA, Snapchat, and Privacy: Should You be Freaking Out?
Tue, 3/11/2014 - 9:01AM — ROY D’SOUZA

Ocean Tomo has three employees attending this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. The OTInsights blog will feature the team’s observations and experiences all week. For a live look into SXSW, follow Josh Gammon @GammonIP,...

SXSW: FIRST Robotics Competition
Mon, 3/10/2014 - 10:30AM — ROY D’SOUZA

Ocean Tomo has three employees attending this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. The OTInsights blog will feature the team’s observations and experiences all week. For a live look into SXSW, follow Josh Gammon @GammonIP,...

SXSW: Clubbing the Patent Trolls: How We Can Fight Back
Mon, 3/10/2014 - 10:26AM — ROY D’SOUZA

Ocean Tomo has three employees attending this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. The OTInsights blog will feature the team’s observations and experiences all week. For a live look into SXSW, follow Josh Gammon @GammonIP,...

Intellectual Property Valuation Trends for 2013
Tue, 1/15/2013 - 8:35AM — ROY D’SOUZA

2013 has begun with a conclusion to the highly publicized FTC investigation of Google, and its subsidiary Motorola Mobility (MM), regarding alleged anti-competitive practices. At issue were standard essential patents (SEP’s) Google acquired via the...

WIPO’s Executive Program Event
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 9:13AM — ROY D’SOUZA

As a part of its Executive Program, WIPO will host its next event in Cape Town, South Africa on December 17th to 19th entitled Strategic IP Management. The event is offered through an open enrollment process and will be held in English. The three-day...