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Business Uses for Patents

BlueIron’s Patent Rating Checklist

A Patent Checklist to find out: How good is your invention? The spreadsheet contains many of the parameters discussed in BlueIron’s blog posts on patent due diligence. Please let us know if you have any suggestions/comments to make the spreadsheet a better tool. You are free to use this however you like, and please feel…

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Three Prongs to Find Patentable Ideas that Support Your Business Plan

Sophisticated patent owners take a very proactive approach to managing their patent portfolios. Patents are assets with a 20 year lifespan. They will almost always outlast the products and services that were the inspiration for the inventions, and their usefulness may not actually be realized until many years after they are filed. Because of the…

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Actor Analysis for Patent Infringement

Due Diligence for Patents – Actor Analysis tells who is the likely infringer. Actor analysis is often overlooked when valuing inventions for patenting, or for valuing patents once they are issued. With actor analysis, we want to know who is the actual actor that infringes the invention. This analysis often identifies patents that you would…

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Angel Funding Through BlueIron

BlueIron acts as an angel investor, co-investing in your company. The big difference: BlueIron does not dilute your shares. BlueIron invests, on average, $40,000 for each patent your company has. If you do 5 patents, BlueIron will invest about $200,000. If you have 10 patents, BlueIron invests about $400,000. BlueIron’s investment goes into assets that…

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Financing Patents for a pre-Angel or pre-Seed Startup

Getting a patent before funding is a “chicken and egg” problem that BlueIronIP can solve. As a budding entrepreneur, you need patent protection before talking about your ideas – but you need to talk about your ideas to raise money. At the pre-Angel or pre-seed stage, a company typically has very little capital, so BlueIronIP…

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Renting Your Patents – How does that work?

What does it mean to “rent” my patents? Isn’t it better to own them? BlueIron’s financing allows you to “rent” your patents by having an exclusive license to the patents. This gives you all the legal benefits of owning the patents, such as being able to enforce the patents, license and sublicense the patents, keep…

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Patents Make Your Company More Valuable to Acquirers

Good patents make your company more valuable. A well-crafted and curated patent portfolio has patents that make your company much more valuable to an acquirer. When curating a portfolio, BlueIron often targets potential acquirers. We look for where the market will move, how competitors tend to operate, and target inventions that will likely be useful…

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Patents Make Your Company More Valuable Going Into Financing Rounds

Good patents make your company much more valuable when raising money. A patent portfolio increases your value when raising money. A strong portfolio sends a signal to investors that you are sophisticated, understand the marketplace, and mean to be a strong competitor in the marketplace. The stronger your patent portfolio, the more of an “unfair…

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Patents Give You Opportunites for Outbound Licensing

Patents are business tools Patents are useful only when they give your business options that increase your chances for success. Patents can be “trading cards” for negotiations. A competitor that might sue you for infringing their patents are quickly settled with a cross license of your patents. Part of crafting a good portfolio is building…

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Patents Give You Defensible Space in Your Market

A well crafted patent portfolio can give you a defensible space in the marketplace. A good portfolio will cover the key elements of your current products, plus your next several generations of products. A solid, defensible space in the marketplace will greatly increase your business opportunities. Having “patent pending” on your products and advertising sends…

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