Essentials of Intellectual Property: Law, Economics, and Strategy

By Alexander I. Poltorak; Paul J. Lerner | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 10 The Patent Portfolio
and Its Effect on
Stock Price
After reading this chapter you will be able to:
Identify those firms in an industry that are likely to experience the greatest increase in value.
Recognize three figures of merit useful in analyzing patent portfolios and their potential impact on stock price.

It is generally believed—or hoped—that research and development (R&D) expenditures by a business corporation will lead to increased profits and, ultimately, to an increase in the value of the corporation and the price of its stock. Empirical research tends to support this belief. It should be apparent, however, that all such expenditures do not produce equal results. Some R&D programs are technologically successful, while others are not. Some programs are focused on areas of declining interest or value, producing only incremental improvements to mature technologies, while other programs are pioneering efforts in promising new fields. Some otherwise successful R&D efforts result in products that are market failures.

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