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The Importance of Intellectual Property in Modern Markets

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By National Market Report 2416 days ago

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The Importance of Intellectual Property in Modern Markets

Understanding Intellectual Properties (I.P.) and its importance and value as the engine of modern global business is necessary for any entrepreneur or policy advocate involved with global business growth and economic development.

Intellectual Properties (I.P.s.) are the rights in creative productions attained through legal concepts such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and industrial secrets. They are usually created by operation of law but can be acquired through transfer, sale, licenses and other contractual use agreements from the primary I.P. holders. They are the backbone, integrity, and engine of modern business. The acquisition and licensing of valuable Intellectual Properties is also the business of the future. The ownership of valuable Intellectual Properties provides the owner or controller with the superior profits in any industry or business transaction, and may even provide mandatory statutory payments in some cases.

To effectively value and acquire intellectual properties the businessman and investor should have a thorough working knowledge of these entities and how they relate to modern business operations. I.P. control is essential to protect the investments of multi-national companies and other global business players as they maneuver and sell their products and services worldwide. it is the ownership and control of valuable intellectual properties which allows businesses to grow beyond sovereign borders and protect their investments and assets globally. Without it worldwide commerce would not be effectively available.

As an entrepreneur and business person desiring to reach the top of the financial ladder you must aspire to own the intellectual property rights which allow you to participate in the superior profits in any industry. The profits that come in the form of passively acquired royalties from licensure of I.P.s. Ownership of I.P.s also effectively limits the competition in the marketplace. But first you must first be able to acquire them, and be sure to acquire the most valuable ones available at the time. Realize that you do not need to be the original producer of the product. There are many ways to acquire the rights in a product and many times acquiring just a part of some valuable intellectual property is all you may need.

One way to easily acquire rights in valuable and otherwise unavailable Intellectual Properties is to own shares as an investor in publicly traded companies already rich in intellectual properties. Otherwise you will have to be the creator of the I.P., or acquire them in the more difficult to maneuver private markets.

Remember the Bill Gates story. He and several of the other billionaires in the Microsoft company all got where they are by owning parts of the intellectual property in a relatively small and not exceptionally well developed piece of software called DOS. Now some of the richest individuals in the United States are members of the Microsoft team and others are climbing fast. In fact the Microsoft phenomenon, Silicon Valley and other software and technology noveau rich, are prime examples of the power of ownership of valuable intellectual properties in this modern economy.

Bill Gates and his colleagues from Microsoft and similar technology moguls will continue to move up the listings of the world's richest individuals as time passes simply due to the inherent nature of the intrinsic way wealth which is based on valuable intellectual property grows in the modern economy. If you examine the rise of the newest group of the world’s wealthiest individuals you will discover that with each year more and more of these individuals will rise up the list. It's the type of property they own or control that counts.

Determining The Market Value of Intellectual Properties

Determining the value of Intellectual Properties is a complex science. The following is a list of important questions to ask, and to be answered in determining the value of Intellectual Properties:

How unique is the I.P. or its physical application?
How useful is it compared to its competitors?
What kind and amount of publicity has it received?
How newsworthy is its presence?
When is the term of the patent, copyright or other intellectual property expiring?
Who owns similar I.P?
What is the history of I.P. development of the company?
What are the ancillary I.P.s?
What derivative I.P.s are associated or likely to be derived in the future?
How well protected is the I.P.?
Are there any lawsuits pending for infringement or any threats of adverse litigation?
How soon is the I.P or its physical application(s) marketable?
What are the current and future applications of the I.P?
What type and amount of publicity has the I.P. received?
What is the potential for value of the raw I.P. without use in applications?

Obviously each of these questions requires further analysis and expertise in reaching the answers. This is where further knowledge and expertise will pay off in the research process.

For investors in I.P. securities knowledge of the particular industry which you are investing is extremely important. One good idea is to develop a form or checklist which you can complete on each company or piece of intellectual property you are evaluating. This streamlines and facilitates the evaluation process and improves your productivity and efficacy.

Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

Intellectual Property Commercialization has now become the basis for the new and burgeoning industries of Academic, and International, Technology Transfer. The formal process of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property commercialization in the Academic, Industrial and International arenas has become ever important to Wall Street. This is especially so since the passage of the Byah-Dole Act in the United States and similar legislation in other industrialized countries.

The transformation of ideas and research into commercial applications and products secured by protected Intellectual Properties in the global markets has fueled the worldwide revolution in Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property commercialization. The Tech Transfer revolution combined with corporate and securities regulations have also led to international "Patent Banks" established in various jurisdictions around the world.

While the relatively new and formal industry of Academic Technology Transfer has been highly patent oriented and based in the STEM areas, Technology Transfer in the Arts & Entertainment based on copyrights and industrial secrets are just as important and lucrative. Music and publishing rights for example account for many billions of dollars of domestic and export revenue into the United States.

Ultimately large scale financial success and viability depends on the ability to own, control, and sell a valuable service, natural resource, or piece of innovation. In modern times, the importance of uniqueness and innovation in the process is perhaps the most important element.

The acquisition and the protection of Intellectual Property is therefore the current and future engine of modern global business. Without it you are just another bystander, and not a player in the game of economic success, and particularly so in the economies of corporations and countries.

We will cover and report in more detail the modern phenomena of Academic, and International Technology Transfer in a later National Market Report.


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The National Market Report (NMR), details current issues involving emerging businesses, investments, and global markets, and their impact on Wall Street, other world financial centers, global business and capital markets.

The National Market Report (NMR), is hosted by Harlington L. Hanna Jr., C.E.O. of The National Market Exchange Corp.
By profession, Dr. Hanna is an Intellectual Property and Securities lawyer,...


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