IP financing, or the use of IP assets (trade marks, design rights, patents and copyright) to gain access to credit, is gaining increasing attention in IP circles. Multinational corporations as well as small and medium sized enterprise, are leveraging their IP assets in exchange for finance, and lending institutions around the world are increasingly extending their business to provide loans on the basis of IP. At the same time, a UN institution is currently working with its member states to modernize secured financing practices, and make it easier for IP owners to gain access to affordable credit. This article by an IP specialist at IP Consult 4U GmbH, Switzerland, introduces the topic of IP financing, which is further developed by Jeremy Phillips’ article “10 Commandments for IP Finance” and the articles by Lorin Brennan and Ben Goodger which look into current activities in international policy development relating to IP financing at the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
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