Law360 (July 29, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT) -- Intellectual property due diligence is the process of gathering information and assessing the value of and risks associated with IP assets. A comprehensive IP due diligence review is particularly important in business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, since IP is often an important component of a seller’s business and a buyer’s acquisition model.
The consequences of ignoring or mismanaging IP due diligence can be severe. The classic example of IP due diligence gone wrong is Volkswagen’s purchase of Rolls Royce.
In 1998, Volkswagen acquired Rolls Royce Motor Cars from Vickers for $712.7 million. Volkswagen failed, however, to confirm ownership of...
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