Essentials of Intellectual Property: Law, Economics, and Strategy

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

Appendix F
Patent Valuation

Portfolio Valuation
What is a patent worth? The answer depends on who is asking the question. Two things, however, should be apparent: The true nature of intellectual property is the additional or incremental value it brings to its owner, and the incremental value is dependent upon the manner in which the property is used. There are essentially four scenarios in which a valuation of intellectual property is commonly sought:
1. The intellectual property may be owned by an individual or an enterprise that utilizes the property to maintain a monopoly with respect to a product it makes and/or sells, or a service it provides.
2. The intellectual property may be owned by an individual or an enterprise that does not utilize the property directly but is willing to sell or license it to others.
3. An individual or enterprise may purchase intellectual property or take an exclusive license thereunder to avail itself of a patent monopoly afforded thereby.
4. An individual or enterprise may take a nonexclusive license of the intellectual property so as to be able to offer a new product or service in a competitive environment.

Let us consider each category separately.

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