Are Intellectual Property Sales Growing In The Recession?

from the evidence-please dept

The Chicago Tribune has an article claiming that intellectual property sales are "growing" despite the recession, as companies look to sell off what they're not using. Except... the article doesn't present any evidence whatsoever. It simply quotes some execs at Ocean Tomo, the IP auction house who has a vested interest in getting more companies to "sell" their patents. It's pretty weak that the Chicago Tribune is effectively publishing a press release for Ocean Tomo, never once substantiating the headline or the claims from Ocean Tomo execs. I don't doubt that some companies will grow more desperate and may resort to trying to "sell" useless patents, but if the article (and Ocean Tomo execs) are going to claim it as fact, you'd think they'd present some evidence to back it up.


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    eleete, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 11:37pm

    Since When ?

    Since when do Intellectual Property and facts collide ? I contend that they cannot substantiate any figure related to Intellectual Property. But why let facts get in the way ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 11:58pm

    The Chicago Tribune is desperate, They will publish anything. The media is jumping the gun far to much these days and it just adds to all the questions that people have about wht is really going on in the world.

     

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    Paul Brinker, Feb 24th, 2009 @ 12:40am

    Its possable

    Due to the fact so many companys are going RIP there selling IP rights at firesale prices (aka real market value)

    Some companys would buy them due to the fact that some of them might be worth some lawsuit cash down the line.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2009 @ 3:46am

    Reprinting press releases

    I've noticed that the BBC have been doing this for a while on their website.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Feb 24th, 2009 @ 5:48am

    Since when

    Since when has any IP promoter ever cared about any fact? They always make up their own "facts". This goes for all trademark, patent, and copyright group. Either that or they love twisting the truth into something it wasn't.

     

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    moelarry, Feb 25th, 2009 @ 9:57am

    "never once substantiating..."

    gee, Mike! looks like they learned from you.

     

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    No evidence, no story.

     

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