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Forbes: Top 25 Intellectual Property Valuation Firms

The world has changed dramatically in the past several decades with more and more of a company’s value attached not to factories, machines, or hard assets but rather the companies’ ideas, processes, and designs – their intellectual property. However, being intrinsically intangible, intellectual properties are far more difficult to value properly than hard assets. Therefore, an experience provider of intellectual property valuation services is critical to most transactions where a large part of the company value comes from intangible assets. High quality intellectual property valuation service provider approaches the valuation from many different angles supported by thorough research, financial modeling, and transparency of methodology. (http://forbesranking.com/rankings/intellectual-property-valuation.html)

  1. 1) Deloitte

Deloitte’s valuation practitioners can perform valuations of business interests, tangible assets, intellectual property, intangible assets, common and preferred stock and other securities, partnership interests, employee stock option plans (ESOPs), private debt instruments, options, warrants, and other derivative products.

  1. 2) Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)

PwC values apply commercial valuation principles and adopt a range of complex valuation methodologies to produce robust analysis to assist in negotiations, decision making, legal disputes and investment analysis. PWC has in-depth sector experience across a broad range of industries and are therefore familiar with working alongside marketing, sales, technical and research staff to gain a deep insight into the subject IP. PwC offers an integrated approach to measure, analyze and report on a broad range of valuation issues, by bringing together professionals with extensive valuation, technical accounting, corporate finance, tax, and deal strategy expertise.

  1. 3) Ernst & Young LLC

Ernst & Young LLP provides assurance, auditing, technology and security risk, enterprise risk management, transaction support, merger and acquisition, actuarial, and real estate advisory services. E&Y believe quality business valuations are not achieved through calculation alone, but by using its experience, insight and judgement to provide tailored, meaningful valuation advice. Their Valuation & Business Modelling services marry local Irish expertise with the firm’s resources and our Advisory, Tax and Assurance specialists to provide valuations and modelling expertise and decision support across an extensive range of industries and sectors.

  1. 4) Black Stone IP, LLC

Black Stone IP is a boutique investment bank focused on valuing and trading tech and IP assets. Black Stone has more than 30 professional who deploy deep market, financial and IP knowledge to create smart value for clients, supporting each scenario with extensive market research and analytics.

  1. 5) Alix Partners

Alix Partners’ experts have significant experience in valuing intellectual property such as patents, trade names, trademarks, technology, in-process research and development, and other intangible assets such as customer relationships, license agreements, assembled workforces, and noncompete agreements. Alix Partners have valued intellectual property in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronics, the Internet, software, telecommunications, airlines, retail, automotive, and consumer products.

  1. 6) KPMG

KPMG combines theoretical knowledge of sophisticated financial techniques with our practical understanding of capital markets. KPMG excels when faced with complex and unusual issues. Valuations that help fulfill the strategic, transaction, regulatory, income tax, financial reporting and litigation requirements of clients.

  1. 7) FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting combines deep financial, forensic, economic, technology and communications experience with extensive industry expertise throughout the world. It helps clients accurately value intangible assets, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Intellectual property experts in the FTI Consulting Economics practice combine financial, econometric and choice modeling to ascertain and present the value of IP assets to customers, licensees and regulators.

  1. 8) Coller IP

Coller IP have been accredited as leading experts in IP Valuation. Coller provides patent valuations, trademark valuations and valuations of other intangible assets including registered and unregistered design rights, domain names, websites, copyright, relationship capital, contracts and brands. Coller offers not only commercial evaluation of all intangible assets including intellectual property and inventions, but also provide firm professional opinion as to their legal and commercial robustness.

  1. 9) Pellegrino & Associates

Pellegrino & Associates, LLC is a boutique valuation company with a specialty in software and intellectual property valuations that include patents, copyrights trademarks, and trade secrets. Formed in 2003, P&A focuses on building credible valuations for companies for a variety of purposes. P&A has been honored to work with small and large private and publicly traded companies across the globe.

  1. 10) Parallel North IP

Parallel North IP is a European Intellectual Property Consulting and Brokerage firm providing customized services for clients to leverage value of IP. Parallel North IP provides properly conducted analysis of the IP assets and sophisticated financial models. Its reports and presentations are supported by facts and data, and is based on well recognized valuation methodologies.

  1. 11) CONSOR

Consor operates as a consulting company that specializes in the valuation, management, and licensing of intangible assets. For more than 30 years, Consor has been valuing the full spectrum of intangible assets and IP for clients as diverse as IBM, the Estate of Dr. Suess, Xerox, and Amazon.com.

  1. 12) Keystone Strategy

Keystone’s IP practice area covers the full range of IP issues, including strategy, disputes and compliance matters. Keystone advises clients in IP issues in a range of industries, including online advertising, semiconductors, internet services, software, hardware, healthcare, biotechnology and others, and supports cases involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and trade dress.

  1. 13) IPmetrics Intellectual Property Consulting

IPmetrics Intellectual Property Consulting specializes in the valuation and monetization of intellectual property and intangible assets, as well as the provision of expert witness services related to the assessment of economic damages and evaluation of confusion and dilution issues in litigation.

  1. 14) Duff & Phelps

Duff & Phelps possesses industry-leading expertise in the valuation of intangibles and IP, which includes marketing, customer, contract and technology related properties. The firm’s professionals provide estimations of the useful lives of intangibles and determinations of market royalty rates.

  1. 15) Berkeley Research Group

BRG Capstone’s seasoned team of intellectual property professionals brings deep, hands-on experience in IP transactions, IP litigation, the development and execution of IP strategies, and the valuation and assessment of all types of intellectual property, in a variety of contexts, and for all types of clients in a wide range of technology areas.

  1. 16) Valuation Consulting

Valuation consulting is dedicated to independent valuation and is recognized both in the UK and internationally as the leading independent valuer of businesses, companies and IP.

  1. 17) CTY-DH Financials

CTY-DH Financials provides IP practice including valuation, damages and licensing advice in commercial, regulatory and contentious contexts. CTY-DH Financials advises in respect of patents and Know-How, trademarks and brands, copyright and creative content, software, database rights and customer lists, mechanical and engineering design rights, confidential information (trade secrets), and contractual or statutory rights and obligations.

  1. 18) Ip21 Limited

Ip21 Limited offers comprehensive intellectual property due diligence and valuation services. It especially has deep experience in fields such as biotechnology, electronics, chemical engineering and computer science. All ip21 valuation reports meticulously test financial assumptions through sensitivity and scenario analysis, and temper any exuberance or unjustifiable subjectivity that may, inadvertently, corrupt such assumptions through use of a collage of the approaches.

  1. 19) ClearView IP

ClearViewIP employs several Certified Patent Valuation Analysts and while not an accountancy firm, it can provide “real life” valuation based on overall market knowledge. Through its own data, access to leading sources of previous transactions, and the experience of our team, ClearViewIP’s valuation model is based on justifiable assumptions and multiple market development scenarios, giving its clients a reliable valuation range. Based on recognized IP valuation principles, it applies appropriate methodologies to provide objective views on the value, robustness and market attractiveness of an IP portfolio or technology.

  1. 20) Metis Partners

Metis Partners is an award-winning, commercial intellectual property consulting firm with a broad range of professional IP experience focused on the assessment, exploitation, valuation, monetization and sale of intellectual property assets. We have a proven track record of helping our clients maximize the value of their IP assets, having assisted a range of organizations and complementary IP practitioners across a variety of industries.

  1. 21)Hilco Valuation Services

Hilco Valuation Services is a full-service appraiser of business assets. Hilco Valuation Services understands valuations for intangibles better because it is also a market maker. Hilco Valuation Services offers appraisals of all tangible and intangible asset categories, establishing values for assets by taking into account numerous quantitative and qualitative factors. Their reports are rigorously peer-reviewed by senior level appraisers, who confirm the validity of the assumptions and the data before approving the documents.

  1. 22) Great American Group

GA is well-versed in helping clients determine the value of intellectual property and intangible assets, providing insight on how these assets can be utilized to facilitate secured and unsecured financings ranging from asset-based structures to high-yield bond offerings. With decades of experience and more than $11 billion in assets appraised, GA has appraised, bought, and sold a wide array of intellectual property and intangible assets.

  1. 23) Nevium Intellectual Property Solutions

Nevium provides solutions for managing and maximizing the value of your intellectual property and intangible assets. It specializes in the valuation, licensing and management of intellectual property. Expert witness testimony is focused on calculating economic damages for infringement related to brands, rights of publicity, copyrights and trademarks.

  1. 24) SRR (Stout Risius Ross)

SRR provides a full suite of IP-related services, focused squarely on the intersection of finance and IP. Its professionals assist clients with all aspects of IP valuation, monetization, strategy, compliance, and litigation. SRR assists intellectual property owners and their counsel with intellectual property valuation needs by performing high quality, independent, defensible, third-party valuations in a variety of contexts, including transaction advisory, financial and tax reporting, regulatory compliance and strategic decision-making.

  1. 25) Foresight Valuation Group

Foresight Valuation Group is an intellectual property valuation, strategy, and economic consulting firm. FVG helps its clients understand the value of their intellectual property by thinking sterically about how to manage and extract value from their innovation. It is based in Palo Alto, California and provides a full suite of analytical services related to the management and commercialization of intangible assets.