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IP Due Diligence - Importance and How to Conduct (Checklist)

IP Due Diligence - Importance and How to Conduct (Checklist)

What is IP Due Diligence?

IP due diligence (IPDD) can be characterized as a methodical examination of the intellectual property (IP) owned and employed by an organization engaged in a transaction. Essentially, it serves as an audit conducted on a target company's IP portfolio, executed either offensively (e.g., to purchase or in-license IP) or defensively (e.g., selling or out-licensing IP). This process aims to unveil the intrinsic value of the target company's IP, encompassing elements such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

The main goal is to do a thorough assessment of the robustness, scope, and enforceability of the target company's intellectual property. In doing so, IPDD becomes a pivotal exercise in understanding the strategic position and potential risks associated with the IP assets integral to the transaction.

In the corporate realm, this extends to intellectual property (IP), which, in today's business landscape, stands as one of, if not the most crucial element, in acquisitions and transactions. Consequently, this article delves into the realm of IP due diligence (IPDD), highlighting essential considerations like scope and challenges, further exploring best practices, and providing insight into what an IPDD checklist looks like Read more

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