Category: IP Education

The ktMINE IP Education Series was created to provide useful and valuable insight into the world of intellectual property (IP). By openly discussing topics surrounding IP, we hope to educate the world and drive home the importance of IP in today’s business environment.

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Examining Patent Maintenance Fees

Congratulations! You filed a patent and it was granted. What’s next? Aside from potentially using, licensing, or keeping the innovation within your Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio – don’t forget about patent maintenance fees. As a quick refresher, maintenance fees are payments to ensure one’s granted patents are maintained in force. The USPTO website includes a

Identifying Transaction Candidates by Analyzing Cash and Debt Data Combined with Patent Data

In part two, we talked about the importance of bankruptcies as asset transfer indicators and discussed the available options banks may have when contemplating the monetization of IP assets. In part three, we will wrap up this series with a discussion of cash and debt data when combined with patent data may serve to identify

COVID-19 Pushing Banks to Consider Foreclosing on Transactions and Seizing Assets

From part one, we observed that during the past decade, banks have amassed impressive patent portfolios. In part two, we will look at other data sets to examine options that banks may explore when transacting patents. Bankruptcy is a definitive indicator of financial performance and may forecast the transfer of IP assets.   In 2019, bankruptcies

Innovations Behind Personal Protective Equipment Continued

This is the second installment in our personal protective equipment innovation series. In part one, we discussed the evolution of face masks and gloves during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Methods of Increasing Hand Sanitization Health protection products have been around long before COVID-19, and among them all, hand sanitizer is likely the most prevalent because