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High Tech Sector Royalty Rates & Deal Terms Survey

The world of patents and IP licensing is changing.  The LES High Tech Sector Royalty Rates & Deal Terms Survey provides access to rare industry-specific data on sector IP licensing royalty rates and deal terms not available from other sources. Read the full announcement here.


Survey Highlights

  • 88% of respondents were licensors with 35% having entered into deals for monetary gains; 28% for strategic purposes; 11% for a Standards Essential Patent (SEP) licensing; and 10% as part of an assertion strategy
  • 67% or two-thirds of deals had an academic or governmental licensor
  • 61% of IP licensed assets included patents; 36% had software, copyrights or trademarks; and 34% had know-how or trade secret components
  • 48% of deals were exclusive grants and 45% were non-exclusive
  • 36% of the licensed technology was either in production or fully developed. The aerospace industry had the highest average royalty rates at 11.69%, a 7% increase over the 2014 survey
  • 35% of licensors entered into deals to support new products, a 13% increase over the 2014 survey


The LES High Tech Sector Royalty Rates & Deal Terms Survey Report 2017 analyzed 155 specific intellectual property (IP) deals, transacted from 2014 through 2017. Seventy companies graciously shared financial and deal terms data.


The High Tech Deal Term & Royalty Rate Surveys is free to members but can be purchased by nonmembers for $800.

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