Intellectual Property Portfolio Counseling
Mining your IP Portfolio

Intellectual Property Asset Management

You are not alone. IP can form the foundation for lasting business relationships. You may be looking to expand the reach of your business by acquiring IP or even partnering with a competitor to develop a new technology. In these delicate situations, RKM looks out for your best interests while maintaining focus on the big picture.

 

Licensing

A license provides a person with the ability to use another’s IP without fear of being sued by that person. The approach to licensing negotiations may be substantially different depending on which side of the license you are on. RKM’s attorneys have represented clients on each side of a license negotiation and understand the dynamics and complexities of getting the deal done.

 

Joint development agreements

Sometimes, you or your company may not have the resources (personnel or equipment) to develop technology or take your technology to the next level.  Or, maybe your core engineering strengths dovetail nicely with the engineering strengths of another company, even a competitor.  A joint development agreement provides two or more people or companies the ability to collaborate on technological advancement while managing expectations and allocating intellectual property ownership from the inception of the relationship so there are no surprises.

 

Purchase and sale of IP assets

Once in awhile, the intellectual property that you would like to use as a basis for a product or service already exists, and is owned by someone else.  Or, maybe you have been contacted by someone to sell some of your intellectual property.  RKM can provide full service negotiations related to the sale or purchase of intellectual property, including patents, patent portfolios, trademarks, and copyrights.

 

Merger and acquisition support

When it is time to buy or sell a company, intellectual property due diligence can be a critical review.  Are licenses transferable?  Does a seller have clear title to all intellectual property it claims to own?  Will the purchase of a business place you in an uncomfortable business relationship with a competitor?  Let RKM assist you in reviewing the intellectual property aspects of your merger or acquisition to ensure that you have the information you need to make an informed decision. 

 

Our Intellectual Property Portfolio Counseling Attorneys

Joseph A. KromholzFounding Partner
John M. ManionFounding Partner
Dan JohnsonPartner
Patrick J. FleisPartner
Laura A. DableAttorney
Stephen A. KobzaAttorney
Mollie Ambrose NewcombAttorney