IP Due Diligence Helps Cos. Avoid Snags In Deals

Law360, New York (September 22, 2009, 3:18 PM EDT) -- As intellectual property becomes a more significant part of mergers and acquisitions, buyers and sellers face a web of legal risks when entering into deals.

While patents and other IP can add substantial value to a deal, if sellers fail to keep their IP house in order and buyers do not conduct a thorough review of a seller’s portfolio, the parties could end up trapped in a union that leaves them exposed to legal troubles.

George C. Chen, a partner at Bryan Cave LLP, said that...
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