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Austin-based software firm Innography has been acquired by CPA Global Ltd., a British intellectual property software and services company.
Innography, has announced the release of product updates for its patent-analytics suite. The updates include more customization options for the PatentIQ dashboard tool; a ‘Patent Family visual’ for perusing patents and their timelines; more configuration abilities and search filters; and shared workflows that allow users to collaborate on patent sets and analysis results.
It is in the best interest of management and investors of these companies to examine their IP position and analyze their exposure, particularly if they are planning to enter new markets, are facing impending litigation or are approaching an exit event.
It seems that not a day goes by without a commentary about "unicorns," a Silicon Valley-coined term used to describe a startup (pre-exit) with a valuation exceeding $1 billion. The number of unicorns, the vast majority of which are U.S. software companies, has recently crossed the 150 mark, according to the TechCrunch unicorn leaderboard.
Innography released U.S. patent purchase trends for 2015 through July from the company's Patent Market Tracker, a standalone data set and analytics service. The results show roughly a 10 percent yearly increase over the last several years. Here's what they found in patent sales and purchasing trends.