An Introduction to Intellectual Property Issues Associated With the In-Licensing Due Diligence Process

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his article provides an overview of some of the more important IP issues that should be reviewed and analyzed when in-licensing technology. Conducting this IP due diligence will let you know the risks involved with completing the deal. Among the due diligence steps discussed herein are obtaining all necessary documents from your licensing partner; conducting your own patent searches and analyses; searching for any previously terminated relationships; and reviewing inventor/employee contracts and issues.

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