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Patent Strategy

Statistical Correlation Between Patent Ownership and Success

The more patents you own – and the better they are – the better your chances of success. France Brevets, a French sovereign investment fund, has published a report (in English) that correlates success of venture-backed startups with the patents held by the startup. As you would think the chances of success by the company…

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Patent Holding Companies and Ownership Issues

BlueIron uses a conventional patent holding company structure to separate the ownership and control of a patent portfolio. In this construct, an operating company has full control of the assets, even though the patent assets are held in a separate company. The BlueIron arrangement gives the operating company full control of the assets through an…

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Problems Caused by the Attorney/Client Relationship

The attorney/client relationship is one of the most sacred and important tenants of the US legal system, but it causes weird side effects. Everyone is entitled to a defense, no matter how guilty the person is or appears to be. The attorney/client relationship is a fiduciary relationship, where the attorney MUST act in the best…

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Patents that are Bad Stand-Alone Investments

BlueIron’s business model requires patents that have “commercial value” as stand-alone assets. We do not invest in technologies where we don’t think there is a market for the patents alone. BlueIron treats client’s patents like collateral for loans. Our investment is protected only by the value that the patents would have on the open market,…

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Patents that “Hide the Ball”

I had a telephone interview with a patent examiner the other week and in the course of the interview, the examiner said that he really liked my patent application because I did not try to hide the ball with the invention. I was originally taught to write patent applications by obfuscating the invention. Specifications are…

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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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Writing Your Own Patent

Writing your own patent? Do a business plan first. Some inventors write their own patent applications. This can be a very valuable exercise because forcing yourself to put the invention down on paper can help you better understand the invention, as well as think through new versions of the invention. In many cases, these pro…

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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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Due Diligence for Patents – Licensing Potential

In many cases, the licensing potential of an invention is the best way to see its complete value. When rating inventions for patenting, the licensing potential of an invention is a key component. In this analysis, we are interested in the maximum potential uses of the invention. Technologies that are transportable or applicable to different…

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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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