Intellectual Property Licensing
Hedge Funds & Intellectual Property LicensingMany times I receive emails from members of the Hedge Fund Group (HFG) who run hedge funds themselves, invest in them or market them. Recently I have been learning more about patent portfolios and hedge funds which invest in intellectual property and patents. Out of the 15,000+ hedge funds in the industry there are least a dozen which allocate part of their funds towards investing in intellectual property and probably others who invest on an opportunistic basis.
There are some firms out there who manage patent portfolios and others who specialize in buying, licensing and selling patents. There is at least one of these within the Hedge Fund Group (HFG), their name is IBuyTech Patents, they have a large portfolio of patents themselves and help groups such as hedge funds both buy and sell patents.
My contact from IBuyTech Patents, Martin Kamerman has recently been explaining to me how individual investors, corporations or investment funds such as hedge funds make money by managing their portfolios of patents. Hedge funds can make money from holding patents in 3 main ways, they can:
- Hold and sell a patent in the long-term hoping for an appreciation in price
- License the patent to a corporation or
- Pursue legal actions often referred to as patent rights enforcement.
Will patent portfolio management ever be a mainstream product in the hedge fund industry? I don't believe so, but I do think that the level of investments being made in intellectual property is growing and that hedge funds will probably start being more active in the patent portfolio space over the next 4-7 years.
I'm not an expert in patents but the team at IBuyTech Patents works with them on a daily basis and they all have in-depth experience in buying, selling, licensing and litigating within this area. If you would like to connect with Martin Kamerman to ask him additional questions on this subject you may contact him through the Hedge Fund Group (HFG) or email him at Martin@IBuyTechPatents.com.
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