Intangible Assets Affecting Commercialization Success

Michael D. Moberly   December 16, 2013   A blog where attention span matters!

First, let’s start with the economic fact that today, 80+% of most company’s value, sources of revenue, and ‘building blocks’ for growth, profitability, and sustainability lie in or evolve directly from intangible assets!

The following are essential intangible asset-related questions inventors should address that will affect the commercialization success of their invention…

1.  Are intangible assets consistent discussion (action) items in management  team meetings?

2.  Do inventors’ – management teams know what percentage of contributory  value (of their invention) lies in or evolves directly from intangible  assets?

3.  Can inventors site specific intangible asset(s) emanating from  their research (invention)?

4.  Can inventors describe specifically how that –  those assets will contribute to the inventions’ value, projected      sources of revenue, and competitive advantages, i.e., commercialization?

5.  Is  an inventory and/or audit of the contributing intangible assets driving  and/or emanating from the invention being maintained, regularly assessed,  and updated?

6.  If so, does the inventory-audit include an objective assessment of  how, whether, or which contributory intangible assets continue to hold value, materiality and relevance to the invention and its inevitable spin-off      company’s core mission and strategic plan?

7. How are the inventions’ contributing intangible assets being managed, i.e., sustain control, use, ownership and monitor their value, materiality, and risk?

8.  Can you objectively assess which (contributory) intangible assets hold the highest  investor attractivity,  or market value, etc., if bundled, sold, licensed, or used in a separate  strategic alliance and/or joint venture?

9.  Can inventors objectively identify which invention-related intangible assets are most vulnerable to risk, i.e., infringement,      misappropriation, premature leakage, counterfeiting, etc.?

10.  Is there an organizational resilience (continuity – contingency)  plan in place that specifically includes contributory intangible asset risk/threat mitigation and rapid recovery from the adverse impact of materialized risk(s)?


This blog post has been researched and written by me with the genuine intent it serve as a useful and respectful medium to elevate awareness and appreciation for intangible assets throughout the global business community.   My blog posts focus on a wide range of issues related to intangible assets and intellectual property.   Respectfully, each post is not intended to be quick bites of  unsubstantiated commentary or information piggy-backed to other sources.

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