The IP in IPO: IP Valuation Lessons from Recent Public Exits
Wednesday May 22, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern Time
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm Central Time
11:00 am- 12:00 pm Mountain Time
10:00 am - 11:00 am PacificTime
The year 2019 is shaping up to be a record year for IPOs: 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. When it comes to understanding what triggers the enormous valuations of some of these companies (commonly known as "Unicorns" - a private startup with a valuation in excess of $ Billion), an interesting question to explore is the role that IP assets play in driving the valuation. One thing we know from a previous study done on Unicorns, is that most of them hold very little patents, if any. In this webinar, we will analyze four of the recent IPOs involving different business models and IP assets, and try to understand how the value of these assets is reflected in the value of the initial public offering.
Some of the learning objectives of this webinar include:
- What role does IP play in startup valuations?
- What types of IP assets were created by companies who recently went public?
- What types of IP issues frequently emerge pre-IPO and how are companies dealing with them? Do these issues have an impact on valuation?
- How can the value of IP assets be measured pre- and post-IPO?
Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group, LLC
Efrat Kasznik is President of Foresight Valuation Group, LLC, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation and strategy consulting firm, and a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Efrat is a valuation and intellectual property expert with two decades of consulting experience, focusing on assisting IP holders across industries with the creation, commercialization and monetization of their intangible assets. She helps clients, ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, with IP and business valuations in support of licensing deals, IP and technology acquisitions, M&A transactions, financial reporting, strategic planning and fundraising. She frequently serves as a testifying expert in disputes involving IP and startup valuations and damages. Efrat currently serves as Chair of the High-Tech Sector – LES USA-Canada, and has been recognized as one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM every year since 2013
Steve Brook, Chair of the HTS AI Committee
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