Today’s high-tech products can contain hundreds or thousands of patented inventions resulting in Invention Gap™ exposure for technology companies. The Invention Gap—the difference between the invention rights companies own and the intellectual property (IP) assets they use—represents a strategic risk and potentially substantial financial liability. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, over the past 15 years, the annual median damages award for patent litigation in the U.S. has ranged from $2.4M to $10.5M—with single initial judgments as high as $1.8B. Together with our customers, Intellectual Ventures is Bridging the Invention Gap™ by significantly reducing liabilities and providing access to valuable invention rights.
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Patented inventions and intellectual property are strategic assets in today’s business climate. At IV, we put our invention assets to work for our customers—helping them mitigate risk and attain competitive advantage.
Are your inventions generating a strong return on investment? IV has expert knowledge of the market, will give you insightful feedback on your assets, and can close deals quickly—letting you refocus on invention.
We invest in working with inventors, government entities, private foundations, and NGOs to develop, protect, and monetize their ideas in areas including materials and chemistry, IT and datacenters, and medical technologies.
We offer unique opportunities for sponsors (corporations, foundations, etc.) to engage IV to generate and patent inventions of strategic significance to the sponsor. Access our world-class inventors for your first-mover advantage.
The frequency with which high-tech companies are involved in patent infringement litigation and the cost to defend such litigation are increasing. IV’s patents can serve as counter-assertion for accused infringers, enabling more efficient negotiations to reduce liabilities and achieve favorable licensing terms.
The costs for companies to maintain a large patent portfolio can challenge valuable financial resources and disrupt management focus. IV helps companies identify underutilized assets in their portfolio and helps monetize those assets in a variety of ways by leveraging our expertise and efficient licensing channels.
Legal, settlement, and damage award costs are daunting for companies whether the litigation each faces is active, pending, or a future possibility. IV collaborates with tech companies, Bridging the Invention Gap™ by procuring and then licensing patents in litigation, efficiently clearing billions of dollars of exposed product revenue.
Sometimes, the invention a company needs to leapfrog its competitors or drive new innovations doesn’t exist yet. Through Sponsored Invention, IV collaborates with companies to generate and patent the inventions they need through joint brainstorming sessions that jumpstart the invention process.
Identifying and acquiring patent rights within targeted technology areas of high importance and value helps companies reduce their Invention Gap exposure. But purchasing patent rights on the open market can be cost prohibitive for an individual company. Through the Strategic Buying process, IV pools resources to acquire these targeted assets and licenses them to our customers.