A little over a year ago, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) issued a report on Banking on IP? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance (see earlier posting). And last spring, that office outlined a number of specific steps to be taken to increase the use of intangibles in financing decisions: Banking on IP: An Active Response. As I noted before, one of the most important first steps that the UK IPO is undertaking is the development of common terminology to be used when describing and valuing IP and intangible assets. This will lead to development of templates for IP related assets “that can either be directly incorporated into this existing documentation or which can be used as a databank for information likely to be required by lenders.”
On February 24 at 9 am EST, Oxfirst will be hosting a webinar by Tony Clayton, Chief Economist of the UK IPO, which should give us an update on these efforts:
Tony Clayton is Chief Economist at the U.K. Intellectual Property Office. He has led the Economics, Research and Evidence team since 2010. The UKIPO’s research program and results are at http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-ipresearch.htm.Tony has also worked as Director of Economic Analysis at the Office for National Statistics, focusing on the economic impact of technology and innovation, productivity, and on measuring software and other intangibles in the ‘knowledge economy’. He represented the UK on OECD’s Working Group on ICT measurement, chairing it from 2005, and served on NSF’s ‘Science of Science’ panel in 2009.
What this talk is About
So why is it that the banking sector is unable to connect with the main value creating – and fastest growing – form of business investment in developed economies – Intellectual Property? And what can we do about it?
Is it true that that patents cannot be valued for sale in transparent markets? Do they have intrinsic features to prevent the establishment of secondary markets for innovation? Or is it that investors are rather ignorant about patents, brands, software and are not well informed on their risk and reward structures?
Technology entrepreneurs seeking to commercialize their patents often may not have necessary skill sets to communicate the value of IP. Current accounting standards that only partially reflect the value of intangible assets do not make things easier. This leads to market failure, where valuable technology either can’t be exploited, or can’t be scaled up to create competitive global enterprises, while investors miss out on attractive financial opportunities.
Against this background, this talk discusses how we can develop financial markets which support 21st century knowledge businesses.
Registration is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2089319847147747329.
However, the organizers state that they will only accept registrations “undertaken with professional email addresses (i.e. we can’t accept registrations from yahoo, gmail or similar private accounts).”