Trust me, if you are an entrepreneur, part of a management team or board member of a technology company or prospective investor, the ‘2008 Berkeley Patent Survey’ is worth your time to review and reflect upon.
The ‘birth certificate’ of every patent should state that its origin exist in the form of a (trade) secret.
Intellectual property education is becoming a requisite to effective SME management.
In M&A’s, if control, use, ownership, and value of about-to-be-acquired/purchased (intangible) assets can’t be sustained, there’s a high probability the desired – projected returns, synergies, efficiencies, etc., will be significantly impaired, diminished, or left unrealized altogether.
Sustaining (protecting, preserving) control, use, ownership and monitoring the value and materiality of a company’s intangible assets, should routinely be on c-suite and board agendas and high (fiduciary) priorities for security directors (CSO’s), legal (IP) counsel, and CFO’s.
Insider theft of company IP and proprietary know how and other intangible assets will rise proportionately with the economic fact that higher percentages of company value, sources of revenue, sustainability, and future growth now lie in – evolve directly from those obviously valuable assets.