Intellectual Asset Management Best Practices

The ipPerformance Group Guide to Best Practice is intended to describe the basics of intellectual asset management best practices. The following practices are supported by extensive experience, competencies, and documentation within IpPerformance Group. Our guide provides a catalogue of best practices that you may address either with IpPerformance or through their own benchmarking activities. The practice overview includes the step-by-step process, key stakeholders, and performance metrics. If you have any suggestions please submit them and we will evaluate the practice and update our guide.

1 Portfolio

  • Provide an annual intellectual asset management report to your business
  • Conduct annual portfolio review
  • Review entire intellectual asset portfolio at least once per year
  • Properly update appropriate databases with information regarding status of specific intellectual assets and decisions made about individual intellectual assets
  • Manage the cost of patenting activity for your portfolio.
  • Identify key patents
  • Properly transfer or abandon patents from your portfolio
  • Classify the pending and issued patents in your patent portfolio by “business use”

2 Strategy

  • Determine the patent action plan for your portfolio (This is also known as patent strategy, IP strategy, IA strategy.)
  • Align intellectual assets to your business units

3 Competitive

  • Use of Patent Intelligence (patent trees, patent maps, or patent landscapes)
  • Evaluate the need for a competitive assessment and the activity

4 Investment

  • Prioritize the disclosures in your portfolio

5 Realization

  • Donation of intangible assets to non-profit organizations
  • Out-licensing of intellectual assets 

6 Valuation

  • Valuing Intangible Assets

7 Operations

  • Benchmarking of intellectual asset management practices with outside companies
  • Internal benchmarking of intellectual asset management practices between business units
  • Establish a contact as an intellectual asset focal point for your business or technology area
  • Form and staff an intellectual asset management team
  • Facilitate at least one IAM team meeting per year/Conduct IAM-team meeting
  • Patent filing recommendations – Establish standard factors
  • Patent maintenance recommendations – Establish standard factors
  • Recommend/document/implement patent filing recommendations
  • Manage trade secrets

The complete best practices with descriptive steps to complete, measures, value points, and functional participants are available in written, audio, and video formats.

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Value Points:
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Measures:
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Typical functional participants:
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View a Brief Video Overview of Effective IAM Communications - Applying Key Stakeholder Value Propositions

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