To compete in our new innovation ecosystem — no matter big or small — there are a handful of competencies that an organization should master when it comes to their patent operations. At the risk of over generalizing, these are (1) sound portfolio development, (2) sound portfolio management, (3) building the right team and (4) smart patent deal-making. Although it is nearly impossible to condense actionable wisdom into a multi-part series on the subject, what follows is my attempt to do just that.
They use early IPOs as an alternative to traditional venture funding. But one of the things that the investors place a huge importance on is a very sophisticated, robust patent operation. So whereas it used to be you’d have a new company and it could take years even to get some sort of sophistication, we’re now doing it on day one. And the results have been great to see. Over the last few months we have filed close to a hundred patent applications for these entities. We’re able to do that because we have been able to negotiate favorable deals with the law firms we use and we can pass that on to the clients. So our goal is to really be creating companies and crafting their portfolios from day one. Essentially, my partner and I work to insource a very sophisticated patent operation for a company that ordinarily wouldn’t have had that capability.