IP Due Diligence: Tips For Emerging Growth Cos.

Law360, New York (February 14, 2012, 1:30 PM EST) -- Investment professionals have long been aware of the significance of intellectual property in assessing investment prospects and in driving valuations. Typically, IP is a start-up’s most significant — and in many cases only — asset. While IP can be a critical factor even in deals involving mature companies, e.g., Google Inc.’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility and its wireless patent portfolio for $12.5 billion, the role of IP in the context of emerging growth companies is quite different.

In the case of developed firms with established...
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