Protecting the rights and value of your technology
Ankura’s team of seasoned deal makers help companies determine how to commercialize, protect, and receive value for their technology and other intellectual property in licensing arrangements. We help clients develop licensing strategies, draft legal terms to protect and provide rights to their IP, value the IP, and determine how best to commercialize the economics of the IP to ensure our clients receive the appropriate value for their technology.
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- IP Management, Licensing Strategy, and Monetization
We help clients identify and assess the options available to them to maximize the strategic value of their intellectual property, including managing their intellectual property portfolios to maximize returns by providing strategic assessments, brokering asset licenses and transfers, and accessing investment and funding sources.
- License Valuation
Our team of valuation experts will value your technology using a multi-analysis approach (e.g., DCF, replacement rate, option value, etc.) and determine an appropriate, defensible commercial/economic structure (e.g., specific rate vs. profit share, single rate vs. tiered, upfront payment, timing of payments, etc.).
- Licensing Deal Structuring and Negotiations
We provide clients with deal structuring options for consideration, drawing out implications for IP rights and value. We will draft the IP licensing contractual language, detailing which entities have access to the IP in what capacity and for how long, any changes to the arrangement over time, how governance of the IP works, and the economic terms associated with the license (e.g., royalty rate, profit split, cost sharing, etc.).
- IP Litigation Support and Expert Testimony
Our qualified experts collaborate with counsel and senior management to develop appropriate litigation strategies in patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition matters. We implement efficient strategies for evaluating potential damages or exposure.
- Royalty Compliance
We help intellectual property owners recover millions of dollars in asserted rights relating to their copyrights, trademarks, and patents licensed to third parties. Our professionals specialize in performing royalty compliance reviews for intellectual property owners. We develop and implement royalty compliance programs and perform a review of the royalties paid by publishers and other licensees around the world and undertake an extensive analysis of clients’ royalty payments, interact with the licensee on our clients’ behalf, obtain detailed accounting records used to generate royalties, and calculate the amount of any underpayment.
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The Ankura Difference
With experience at the Licensing Executives Society, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Owners Organization, and many other professional organizations, we have proven expertise in economic issues surrounding technology and licensing. Each of Ankura’s intellectual property experts has decades of experience. The team includes attorneys, former business executives, credentialed valuation experts, CPAs, and former partners at Big Four accounting firms.