The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of IP Monetization

Patents are one of the more critical assets of an organization, but 90% of patents never get commercialized, highlighting the need for a patent monetization strategy. This could include selling a patent, earning patent royalties, licensing a patent, patent pooling, or proving that your patent is a standard-essential patent.

In this presentation, led by Dr. Elvir Causevic, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Tech+IP Advisory Practice of Houlihan Lokey, we explore best practices in corporate IP monetization strategies and discuss the successful ways that the Tech+IP Advisory practice has applied an M&A-like process to patent monetization.

During the presentation, we:

  • Discuss critical considerations for corporate boards and their patent strategy
  • Provide an overview of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of IP monetization
  • Review specific case studies focusing on best practices and what not to do
  • Explain the Tech+IP Advisory process for approaching IP strategy
  • Also, a brief Q&A session


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Elvir Causevic

Managing Director & Co-Head of Practice, Houlihan Lokey

Dr. Causevic is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Tech+IP Advisory practice.

Dr. Causevic was formerly the founder and CEO of Black Stone IP, a boutique investment bank focused on valuing and trading Tech+IP assets, which was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2017. Prior to Black Stone, he was instrumental in the MIPS semiconductors $350 million patent transaction while he served as the Head of IP Strategy Practice at Ocean Tomo. Before Ocean Tomo, Dr. Causevic founded several industrial, medical, and high-tech businesses, raising over $50 million in premier venture capital, two of which were ultimately acquired by Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Causevic is a named inventor on more than 20 patents and patent applications, and was a J.W. Gibbs Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at Yale University.

Dr. Causevic holds a B.S., an M.S., and a Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Learn more.


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Houlihan Lokey

Tech+IP Advisory

The Tech+IP Advisory practice of Houlihan Lokey focuses on valuing and trading technology and IP assets, as well as serves as an advisor for patent and IP-rich transactions valued in excess of $800 million.



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