Posts Categorized Curating a Portfolio

How to Make Your Patent Strong Against Inter Partes Reexam

Strengthen your patent against Inter Partes Reexam One of the easiest ways for infringers to challenge an issued patent is through the Inter Partes Reexam process, commonly known as IPR. To successfully challenge a patent, someone has to produce a prior art document that would have changed the examiner’s mind. This is known as raising… Read more »

Worthless Patents – How to Avoid the Biggest Pitfalls

Worthless patents: they don’t have to be that way. Worthless patents happen for two reasons: the original invention was not selected properly and the patent was poorly prosecuted with the patent examiner. Properly selecting the invention is crucial for getting a good patent. Your conventional patent attorney will tell you if there is prior art,… Read more »

Patents that are Bad Stand-Alone Investments

BlueIron’s business model requires patents that have “commercial value” as stand-alone assets. We do not invest in technologies where we don’t think there is a market for the patents alone. BlueIron treats client’s patents like collateral for loans. Our investment is protected only by the value that the patents would have on the open market,… Read more »

BlueIron’s Patent Rating Checklist

A Patent Checklist to find out: How good is your invention? The spreadsheet contains many of the parameters discussed in BlueIron’s blog posts on patent due diligence. Please let us know if you have any suggestions/comments to make the spreadsheet a better tool. You are free to use this however you like, and please feel… Read more »

Three Prongs to Find Patentable Ideas that Support Your Business Plan

Sophisticated patent owners take a very proactive approach to managing their patent portfolios. Patents are assets with a 20 year lifespan. They will almost always outlast the products and services that were the inspiration for the inventions, and their usefulness may not actually be realized until many years after they are filed. Because of the… Read more »

Due Diligence for Patents – Licensing Potential

In many cases, the licensing potential of an invention is the best way to see its complete value. When rating inventions for patenting, the licensing potential of an invention is a key component. In this analysis, we are interested in the maximum potential uses of the invention. Technologies that are transportable or applicable to different… Read more »

Actor Analysis for Patent Infringement

Due Diligence for Patents – Actor Analysis tells who is the likely infringer. Actor analysis is often overlooked when valuing inventions for patenting, or for valuing patents once they are issued. With actor analysis, we want to know who is the actual actor that infringes the invention. This analysis often identifies patents that you would… Read more »

Detectability is a Key Factor for Patent Valuation

Due Diligence for Patents – Detectability is a key factor for patent valuation. Detectability is a critical factor in valuing and rating inventions. Inventions that are detectable are much more valuable than those that are not. However, detectability is a continuum, with many variations. Why is detectability so important? An invention/patent that is not detectable… Read more »

Calculating the Economic Value of a Patent

Due Diligence for Patents – The value of an invention is proportional to the ECONOMIC impact it has on a product or market. The economic value of an invention is notoriously hard to estimate, but such analysis can be used to compare different inventions to stack rank the inventions – or to highlight the advantages/disadvantages… Read more »

Mapping an Invention to Competitor’s Products

Due Diligence for Patents – Comparing Inventions to Competitor’s Products. Inventions with external business value will map to competitors or to potential outside licensees. These patents might not map directly to your products, but are assets that make your company more attractive to acquisition, and give you leverage in negotiating with a competitor. These assets… Read more »