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At Intellectual Ventures, we have a highly-visible presence in the IP and patent landscape discussion. But you may still ask “Who is IV” and “What is their mission?” Let us break it down for you in our own words.

For nearly 15 years, IV has been the global leader in the business of invention. Our mission is to energize and streamline the invention economy while producing a financial return for our investors. We manage and grow our invention portfolios by partnering with leading inventors, collaborating with pioneering companies, and investing both expertise and capital in the process of invention.

Interested in learning more about us? Get to know us by the numbers.

Does the C-suite value IP?

We commissioned the first market research of intellectual property (IP) perceptions and behaviors among C-suite executives in the U.S. to better understand their current views on patents and the growing IP industry and their resounding answer was “yes.”

  • 70% of respondents believe patents are good for innovation.
  • 87% of the C-suite believes that patent rights should be respected.
  • 86% of the C-suite believes that patent rights should be enforced if they are infringed.
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What does IV do?

We believe that ideas are valuable. We’re creating a market where patents have value. We file for patents on our own inventions and we purchase patents from inventors, universities, governments, and companies around the world, helping inventors realize commercial value for their inventions.

Is IV a venture capital company?

While there are some similarities between Intellectual Ventures’ business model and a venture capital firm, IV is not a venture capital firm. We are an invention capital company. Like a VC, part of our business is focused on funding the creation of new ideas. Similar to private equity, part of our model is focused on investing in existing ideas that may be trapped in distressed companies or are no longer valuable to their current company. In all cases, our focus is on investing in invention as a stand-alone asset.

What is invention capital?

Invention capital is a new type of market where intellectual property is funded like any other asset.

What areas does IV invest and invent in?

IV’s invention portfolios span a wide and diverse range of technologies in more than 50 areas, including wireless, networking, semiconductor, hardware, biomedical, energy, software, and ecommerce, among many others.

How does IV make money?

IV has several different ways of generating revenue, including licensing our invention portfolio, launching spinout companies, divesting assets, and doing joint ventures. IV also dedicates time and resources to inventing in areas related to global good causes, such as malaria eradication and vaccine transport.

What does IV Lab do?

Intellectual Ventures Laboratory conducts advanced research on some of IV’s most promising ideas to demonstrate an invention’s feasibility and potential for commercial or humanitarian use.

What type of research does IV Lab conduct?

Unlike traditional university or corporate research facilities, the Lab specializes in proof-of-concept work. The broad range of IV’s invention activity requires the IV Lab to have a breadth of expertise across fields including computer network security, computational modeling, electrical and mechanical engineering, software development, chemistry, microbiology, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, medical devices, and aerospace engineering.

IV By the Numbers

70,000 IP Assets Acquired and Nearly 40,000 in Active Monetization Programs 3 Billion+ Cumulative Licensing Revenue 6 Billion+ Committed Capital 50+ Technology Areas Covered by Our Patent Assets Half a billion+ paid to individual inventors 5,000+ Visitors Hosted at the IV Lab 140 Engineers, Scientists and Staff at IV Lab 400+ Institutions and Universities with Active Relationships 500+ Team Members 13 Offices in 9 Countries Around the World 2000: Year Intellectual Ventures was Founded