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Advantages and limitations of selling or licensing patents

Advantages and limitations when trading IPR
In 2009 and 2010 The Danish Patent- and Trademark Office asked Danish patent active businesses a number of questions on the advantages and limitations they experience when selling, buying and licensing patents.

Advantages and limitations of selling and out-licensing patents
Figure 1 shows that Danish businesses with patents in 2009 emphasised the following advantages when selling and out-licensing patents:

  • Increased earnings
  • Access to strong business partners
  • Increased visibility on the market

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Figure 1: Advantages of selling and out-licensing patents among patent active businesses, 2009.

Figure 2 shows that Danish businesses with patents in 2009 emphasised the following limitations when selling and out-licensing patents:

  • Resource-demanding to mature the patent to a licensable deal.
  • Difficulties in finding relevant buyers
  • Difficulties in reaching an agreement on price and conditions

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Figure 2: Limitations of selling and out-licensing patents among patent active businesses, 2009.



Advantages and limitations of buying or in-licensing patents
Figure 3 shows that Danish businesses with patents in 2010 emphasised the following advantages when buying and in-licensing patents:

  • An increase in the business' innovative capacity
  • Access to new product areas
  • Increased visibility on the market
  • Supplementing or replacement of internal R&D.

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Figure 3: Advantages of buying and in-licensing patents among patent active businesses, 2010.



Figure 4 shows that Danish businesses with patents in 2010 emphasised the following limitations when buying and in-licensing patents:

  • Difficult to assess the validity of the patent
  • Difficult to reach agreement on price and conditions
  • Difficult to enter purchase- and licensing contracts

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Figure 4: Limitations of buying and in-licensing patents among patent active businesses, 2010.