Inngot’s IP services help organisations translate intangible assets into real value. We don’t register rights; instead, we provide an objective, well-informed view on the return on investment your assets are generating, and how best to safeguard and maximise it. We specialise in:
- Technology evaluation – to assess early stage technologies, where market opportunities need sizing or further investment is required
- IP strategy and policy work – to help you determine what to keep, what to abandon, and how to strengthen your competitive edge
- IP audits and IP reviews – to take stock of the assets you have created and identify additional ways to secure and exploit them
- IP sale and licensing – via our in-house experts and network of industry contacts
- IP education – coaching and masterclasses for commercial and academic organisations
Like our online IP toolkit, Inngot’s services have been used by companies of all sizes, from start-up to multinational. We take on international assignments for strategy and policy work, valuations and IP sales and licensing. Talk to us on +44 (0)333 800 8090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements in any of the above categories.
It is not easy to quantify the value of a technology that is yet to go on sale – and the ‘leaner’ and earlier your R&D activities, the less tangible assets there are on which to base a view. However, where investment is a priority, justifying your share price is essential. Inngot can help you determine how much the assets your hard work has created might reasonably be worth.
Even when a business is trading and growing, additional technology validation activities can be beneficial. Growth is often linked to re-investment, which reduces profits, and has a knock-on effect on standard company valuation approaches. Inngot can help you put back the business value that simple earnings multiple calculations leave out.
We focus on the assets that aren’t shown on your balance sheet, and calculate their worth with reference to your past, present and anticipated future commercial development. We conduct independent research into deals in your sector involving comparable technologies and use these to build a report that brings together an assessment of your technology, your markets and the logistical and legal hurdles you face. Where IP is at an early stage, we may incorporate probabilistic modelling techniques, helping you express future expected benefits in today’s terms.
IP strategy and IP policy
Whether you’re seeking to drive value from large and diverse IP portfolios, moving into new markets or territories, or assessing the best ways to protect your inventions, Inngot can help.
Inngot has developed IP assessment approaches that get directly to the heart of the matter and ‘tell it like it is’. Our team is well versed in helping organisations consider the pros and cons of different patenting strategies; improving invention disclosure processes; structuring intangible asset registers; improving confidentiality procedures; and assessing the contribution made by different patents within a portfolio (for which we have our own proprietary approach). All of these can be combined with valuation approaches to help you take an holistic view of return on investment.
Past clients for strategy and policy work range from the very large (multinational corporations and research foundations) to the very small (pre-trading specialist technology companies, both independent and university-backed). If you would like to discuss how our IP services team can provide an independent view of your options, get in touch.
IP audits and IP reviews (UK)
In-depth, expert examination of your existing and potential future assets, from one of the UK’s most experienced IP audit teams.
An IP audit delivers a comprehensive status overview of all your intangible assets, including prospective future IP as well as any rights you may already have registered. While this is often the best approach, it is sometimes more appropriate to focus on specific IP issues that are giving rise to concern or getting in the way of business progress, in which case an IP review may be a better solution. Whichever you choose, our process involves a personal site visit, followed by independent research using publicly available data sources, and leads to a detailed written report setting out your position and your strategic options for ensuring the target assets are properly protected and well exploited. We are uniquely placed to provide you with a comprehensive, relevant service, because:
Depending on your company status, you may be able to get help with your auditing costs (at least 80% of total cost) via the UK Intellectual Property Office IP Audits Plus scheme. If you’re a growth company receiving support from Scottish Enterprise, or you are signed up to the Welsh Government’s Accelerated Growth Programme or Business Innovation Projects in Wales, you may be able to access extra valuable assistance. Contact us for more details.
IP sale and licensing
Generating royalty income from your IP by licensing other firms to use it, or selling IP that’s surplus to your requirements: two great ways to turn your intangible assets into hard cash.
In 2018, UK IP licensing exports were estimated to be worth $22.8bn (Source: World Bank): in the US, IP licensing was worth over $130bn. A growing number of companies appreciate that it is not enough simply to protect intellectual assets well – they also have to earn their keep.
As well as in-house expertise in licensing and selling IP to multinationals, Inngot also has an extensive network of contacts with licensing practitioners, IP marketplaces and auction houses and other IP services providers. We follow a three-step process to IP marketing:
IP coaching and masterclasses (UK)
Increase appreciation and understanding of IP and intangibles with our ‘one-to-many’ training and familiarisation sessions.
When a business is young, it’s often possible for one person to look after IP issues. However, as firms grow and diversify, an increasingly wide range of people need to understand more about their most valuable assets. Inngot runs intellectual property ‘masterclasses’ for companies, Government bodies, and start-up and accelerator programmes, consistently achieving exceptional satisfaction ratings.
We regularly deliver IP coaching to audiences ranging from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to large companies and organisations such as universities. Content is always tailored to be relevant to the requirements of the audience, and ensure that all delegates get what they need from each session. Some common issues covered include: