LICENSING AND SALE
Through patenting, ideas and inventions are turned into convertible and potentially value-creating assets, but it is also possible to invest in patents by purchasing existing rights. Licensing and sale are some of the ways in which patents may contribute to the generation of real value.
Licensing may be effected on various terms, but in its simplest form, it is constituted by the sale or purchase of the right to use patented technology. On the other hand, in the case of selling and buying patent rights, it is the actual patented technology which is traded, and the seller thus surrenders the right to the underlying patent to the buyer.
When buying or selling patent rights, it is always a good idea to make a thorough analysis of the scope and validity of the rights concerned. In this way, you are provided with the best possible point of departure for assessing the value of the rights. You can read more on this under IP due diligence.
At Hoffmann Dragsted, we see patents as an investment. If you contemplate buying or selling patent rights, you are always welcome to contact us for an informal discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls.