To get ahead, improving your royalty audits is vital. Here are nine ways to accomplish just that. First: Learn everything you can about your licensee’s business practices. The information you garner will help you determine how well the company will be able to comply with your licensing requirements. Second: Write licensing agreements in unambiguous terms […]

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Many entrepreneurs purchase a company already in existence, enticed by the advantages of an already running company. However, it is essential to look at a company’s valuation before completing any purchase, or even before considering the business as a viable transaction. What is the return on investment that the investor can expect? How is the business doing […]

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Business Valuation – Four Methodologies Used in Buying an Existing Business Many entrepreneurs purchase a company already in existence, enticed by the advantages of an already running company. However, it is essential to look at a company’s valuation before completing any purchase, or even before considering the business as a viable transaction. What is the return on […]

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Patent infringement analysis is only as good as the expertise of the analyzers–specifically, their understanding of United States patent laws. According to the Office of the General Counsel for North Carolina State University, the entity which defends the ownership rights of products/services invented by university employees, a U.S. patent gives the inventor “the right to exclude others from making, […]

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Some entrepreneurs believe existing businesses, with an established business valuation, pose less risk in the purchasing process. While this may be true, due diligence remains essential in the purchase. Purchasers must fully understand what is being purchased and what assets are coming in the deal. Anyone who has decided to purchase an existing business must be […]

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What is IP, and Why Does IP Valuation Matter? IP valuation is the process of determining the market value of “intellectual assets”. It’s important because “IP intensive industries contributed $5 trillion, or 35% of our Gross Domestic Product”, as reported in the 2012 Intellectual Property and U.S. Economy-Industries in Focus report.  IP companies, also, were responsible for the creation – or the maintenance […]

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Is your royalty payment trending too low?  Calling for royalty audits can put a trusted third-party into the books, combing for any anomaly on your behalf. Do you suspect that an audit will turn up under-payments?  If you didn’t plan ahead during the licensing phase, inspect your licensing agreement first. Terms of Your Audit and Agreement Companies and […]

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