For IPOs, 2019 is shaping up to be a record year. From iconic brands like Levi Strauss, to technology disruptors like Lyft and Pinterest, billions of dollars in valuations have been realized through public exits, providing hefty returns to investors and shareholders. With valuations in excess of $1 billion, these companies are commonly referred to as “Unicorns.” When it comes to understanding what triggers the enormous valuations of these companies, an interesting question to explore is the role that IP assets play in driving the valuation.
From a previous study of Unicorns, we know that most of them hold very few, if any patents. In this webinar, we’ll analyze some recent IPOs involving different business models and IP assets, and try to understand how the value of the IPO reflects the value of these assets. The analysis showcases Innography patent data in conjunction with other financial information.
- What role does IP play in startup valuations?
- What types of IP assets were created by recently public companies?
- What types of IP issues frequently emerge pre-IPO, and how are companies dealing with them? Do these issues affect valuation?
- How can the value of IP assets be measured pre and post IPO?