Posts Categorized Business Uses for Patents

Exclusive Licenses Can Be More Valuable Than Owning Patents Outright

Own or Rent?  Exclusive Licenses Can Be More Valuable Than Owning Patents Outright. Patents encapsulate the hopes and dreams of a company and many investors, CEOs, and inventors have a negative gut reaction about not “owning” their patents.  For some reason, “owning” their patents is a deeply emotional issue, but it should not be.  Exclusive… Read more »

Patents Multiply Your Investment in a Company

Note: this is an excerpt from my upcoming book “Investing In Patents”, which will be published in the next couple months. More information to come. Patents Multiply Your Investment Patents are used to defend, but also to multiply an investment in technology. In the first case, companies use their patent assets to preserve an investment…. Read more »

Foundation of Investment Grade Patents

Foundation of investment grade patents is serious due diligence. Getting solid, investment-grade patents is less about finding the gem as much as removing the dirt so that there are more possible gems in the portfolio. We do not know which patent will ultimately be gem, but we can dramatically increase our chances byremoving the ones… Read more »

Patents Are Similar to Stock Options

Patents are similar to stock options. Patents are an inherently risky investment and have lots of similarities to options trading. This is because they have value only when the market comes to them. At the time you purchase an option – and at the time you create a patent – you must place a bet… Read more »

Patent Funding: Better Patents from BlueIron

Patent Funding: How BlueIron Gives You Better Patent Quality One of the biggest ironies is that your patent attorney cannot give you good advice. But patent funding changes that. Patent attorneys are bound by the attorney/client privilege, which is a hallmark of our legal system. But it has some unintended consequences. One of which is… Read more »

How to Get a Good Patent

How to Get a Good Patent How to get a good patent? It is easy to get a worthless patent, but quite hard to file a good one. A good patent starts with a good invention. The invention should have a high value if the invention were to be licensed or sold to competitors in… Read more »

How to Find a Realistic Patent Value

A realistic patent value can be determined using many of the same techniques used to value businesses. Pending patent applications have very little to zero (and sometimes negative) value. The key to patent value is the scope of the invention, and you don’t know that until the patent issues. You can, of course, do a… Read more »

Patents Need to Make Business Sense

Patents can be part of an overall business strategy, but they need to make business sense. In our business of investing and financing patent portfolios, we can only invest in patents that have real commercial value. From the startup’s perspective, there are several ways that a patent can have value. Merely having a patent pending… Read more »

Patents As Investments

BlueIron treats patents as investments. But we don’t invest in everything. 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, if… Read more »

Inventions Where BlueIron Will NOT Invest

There are some inventions where BlueIron will NOT invest. I see an obnoxious number of inventions and patents from startups. I estimate that I encounter 10-20 inventions per week lately, and many are not good candidates for us to invest. It is heartbreaking to say “no” to inventors where the invention does not seem to… Read more »