IP Due Diligence In Corporate Transactions

Law360, New York (February 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, can pose certain legal risks to the buyer and the seller (or target) when the transaction involves intellectual property assets such as patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights.

IP due diligence helps the buyer understand the value and viability of the target’s IP assets involved and enables the buyer to make a suitable offer, negotiate a better price or, if need be, terminate the deal.

For example, if the target is a pharmaceutical company whose flagship product is a...
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