Research: New Study Suggests Strategies for Managing Your Intellectual PropertyBy Baselinemag | Posted 2006-05-02 Email Print
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Companies know their corporate assets have considerable value, yet few deploy formal strategies to manage them.
Companies need to do a better job managing their intellectual property, according to a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The study, which surveyed CEOs from 339 private, fast-growing companies, revealed that less than a third of such firms have a formal process in place to manage their IPpatents, copyrights, corporate secrets and the like. Furthermore, CEOs estimate that only 66 percent of their company's IP is actually being used.
It's a common problem that's costing companies more than they realize, says Aron Levko, who leads PwC's intellectual property practice. "What often happens is that patents are issued for a given product, but the product ends up going in another direction or never goes into production." That problem, coupled with the IP gained through mergers and acquisitions, means that "companies end up with all these assets they don't know what to do with." And considering that fees for maintaining, say, a global patent can coast as much as $100,000 over the patent's lifetime, "when you add it all up, the costs of all those patents and other assets can be very significant," Levko says.
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