IP Due Diligence: Even More Critical in a Troubled Economy by Jon Maki

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Pick up any newspaper or trade journal and you will see the news of mergers and acquisitions, particularly in biotechnology and high-technology industries where venture capital is tight and the IPO window has been closed for some time. Cash is king, and those who have it are looking to acquire companies with strong pipelines, intellectual property portfolios and/or strategic positioning. But just because a company can be acquired for less than it was worth a short time ago doesn't mean that thorough IP due diligence isn't necessary to avoid costly mistakes down the road.

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