Resources for Patent Owners
Are you looking for an IP broker to monetize your patents?
As a premier patent brokerage firm, we are contacted regularly by companies or intermediaries who want to acquire patent portfolios through us. In most cases, we can obtain a license grant back to the seller, so divesting patents doesn’t need to be limited only to those inventions that you are no longer practicing yourself.
How to submit a patent proposal:
Complete the patent intake form. The confidential patent intake form includes important information in evaluating your portfolios such as patent numbers, encumbrances, and marketability.
Criteria for Patent Proposal:
The portfolio must contain at least two issued (or allowed) US patents.
The patent(s) should be practiced by the industry.
The larger the patent family, the better.
Single patents are almost impossible to sell as the rate of invalidation of challenged patents in courts is relatively high (about 70%). A patent family is comprised of patents that are either Continuations, Continuations in Part (CIP) or Divisionals of a parent patent, meaning they all point back to the original patent you filed and simply contain additional claims.
It is preferable to have at least one pending Continuation (or CIP or Divisional) of an US issued patent still active.
Filing Date matters and the earlier the filing date of the patent, the better.
All other things being equal, a patent filed in 2005 is more likely to be construed broadly and less prone to be invalidated by prior art than a more recent filing. At the same time, any patent that is about to expire (i.e. less than 2 years of a term) is going to lose much of its value on the secondary market.
Foreign counterparts are preferred and add country specific coverage for the technology.
Maintenance Fees must be current and the patent in force.