Focus on VCs
Coller IP Management works very closely with a number of companies providing venture capital. Making the decision to invest in organisations can be fraught at the best of times!
Deciding which assets to retain, protect and then commercialise at the start of a new venture needs careful consideration. It is easy to overlook some of the basics in the whirlwind of things that need to be done in planning an investment project, especially when there are so many other priorities and urgent deadlines to consider. Essentials that include commercial prospects, competing products and services, facilities, staff and equipment can be in place, but one aspect that is often ignored is the condition and status of the underlying intellectual property.IP issues should not just be an add-on for a business. Ideas are its lifeblood
However, some smart investors are starting to understand the value of intellectual capital and the importance of ensuring the robustness of the IP as part of their investment decisions.
We include below cases studies from venture capitalists who have recently commissioned Coller IP Management to advise on IP during the due diligence process, with resulting changes in the negotiations and nature of investments going forward. In many instances the due diligence process has unearthed exciting development opportunities for companies that have subsequently received funding and where necessary, any issues relating to competing IP, technologies and processes have been flagged up early for prompt resolution between the investors and companies concerned.