Facebook presents Libra – what’s the key intangible asset involved?

Facebook presents Libra – what’s the key intangible asset involved?

Image credit: France 24 Facebook has recently unveiled its ambitious project for a new global cryptocurrency, Libra. Facebook’s blockchain-powered currency will be backed by a basket of historically stable assets. This will lessen the high volatility experienced by other big crypto names such as Bitcoin, Ethereum or Ripple. Facebook isn’t embarking in this project alone. […]

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Letter from America – League tables are not just for the big players!

Letter from America – League tables are not just for the big players!

My colleague, Hannah, wrote last week about Forbes’ release of this year’s most valuable brands. I wasn’t surprised to see the list being dominated by the prominent B2C consumer brands. Although it would be interesting to know which businesses are new to the list and which have successfully leveraged their brand to penetrate new markets, […]

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Which way for Huawei?

Which way for Huawei?

It’s certainly been heating up in the last week for smartphone giant Huawei, as it becomes one of the main targets in a fiery trade war between the US and China. Pressures have been mounting on one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturers, with the politically-charged issues resulting in a ban […]

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IP in college basketball: NCAA 1, student-athletes NIL

IP in college basketball: NCAA 1, student-athletes NIL

Image credit: Getty Images Intro 8 April marked the end of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, concluding with the national championship game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders (Texas Tech University) and the Virginia Cavaliers (University of Virginia). To get there, both teams had to battle their way through a single-elimination tournament […]

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Nike Gets Crazy!

Nike Gets Crazy!

Continuing with the sports theme for World IP Day, there is no doubt that when it comes to sport & retail brands, the power of sporting celebrity endorsement is enormous. Sporting brands have made great and innovative moves with this over the years, from sports stars ‘wearing/using’ the product to collaborating with sports stars and […]

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International Women’s Day Q&A with Ruby Chan

International Women’s Day Q&A with Ruby Chan

For #InternationalWomensDay, we thought we’d ask one of our own inspirational women a few questions. Thanks for your great answers Ruby Chan! Q: How did you come to work at Metis Partners? A: I was seeking a role which would strengthen my commercial experience and challenge me intellectually – as a leading IP Valuation firm, […]

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5 ways an IP holding company could benefit your business

5 ways an IP holding company could benefit your business

At Metis Partners, we like to describe intellectual property holding companies (“IPCos”) to our clients as an “insurance policy”. It’s never too early to think about the strategic management of your IP and to “ring-fence” or separate these assets from the potential trading risks faced by your business. An IPCo is a form of special purpose vehicle whose function is purely to hold and manage a […]

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How do you solve a problem like a blockchain?

How do you solve a problem like a blockchain?

For intellectual property (IP) specialists, the discussion around new, emerging technology is always centred on the IP underpinning it, and, in many cases, how best to value such IP. Common issues surrounding the valuation of new technology include: (1) analysing its ownership; (2) identifying and classifying the IP associated with it; and (3) deciding on […]

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Negotiation

Negotiation

How do you negotiate in insolvency? We all know that negotiation is a vital skill, and effective negotiation is one of the most important aspects of an insolvency process, yet it can easily be overlooked as a key skill given the diversity of tasks that have to be mastered by the insolvency practitioner. In our […]

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Sale and Leaseback – a model for increasing trust in IP assets?

Placing a tangible financial value on a brand and then leveraging that value remains a frustratingly opaque process. However, the creation of secondary markets to sell IP assets has encouraged lenders to look more closely at this asset class.  Brands as secured assets While this article does not cover the legal points of taking security […]

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The Hidden Treasure of IP After Insolvency 

The Hidden Treasure of IP After Insolvency 

The power of the brand – it’s likely the company’s biggest treasure The latest demise of fashion retail giants BHS and Austin Reed appears to be just another in a long line of recent retail-based insolvencies. While fingers have been pointed in numerous different directions when trying to determine the source of these failures, the […]

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