Corporate / Legal

1790 works with Fortune 500 companies in technology evaluation, intellectual property licensing, and M&A targeting and due diligence. We help our clients capitalize upon their intellectual property holdings, and understand and evaluate the intellectual property owned by their competitors.

Since most of our work is custom, it is best described by a sample of our previous projects (client names are not revealed for confidentiality reasons).

Project: Healthcare Technology Evaluation

Our client, a multinational company with interests in a wide range of technologies, was interested in evaluating its IP position in a particular area of healthcare. It was also considering enhancing its IP position through licensing and strategic acquisitions.

Our analysis revealed that our client was not currently a major force within the specific area of healthcare. We identified a number of possible opportunities for our client to improve its position by licensing or buying patents from organizations no longer active in the technology area. We also highlighted companies with interesting new technologies that may be targets for acquisition by our client. This enabled our client to formulate a detailed and proactive IP strategy in this area of healthcare technology.

Project: Telecommunications Licensing Support

Our client, a major telecommunications company, sent us a set of patents that it felt were underutilized and under-monetized. We used our N-degree tool on the patent set to identify potential target companies that may be interested in licensing the patents or may be infringing upon them. We also carried out a technology overlap analysis on several potential targets to determine the extent that our client used the target company’s patents and vice-versa.

From this we were able to generate a list of companies and patents that should be targeted for out-licensing, another list for cross-licensing, and another list for in-licensing.

Project: Software New Product Launch

Our client, a very large law firm, was working for a major software company that was developing a new software platform. The company needed to understand the likelihood of it facing infringement claims from its competitors once its platform was launched.

Our analysis revealed that the platform proposed by the software company did indeed cover similar technologies to a number of its competitors. However, the company already had technology cross licenses in place with these competitors. What the company did not realize was that its platform also included components specifically covered by the patents of a company not even in the software business. The company was able to negotiate a license to these patents prior to launching its new platform, potentially saving millions in litigation costs.