Why due diligence is not a rear-guard action for the patent-savvy company in a patent deal

Bruce D. Sunstein

By Bruce Sunstein. A patent-savvy company works with patent counsel to do more than reduce risk and uncertainty in a patent deal. Take the situation of a medical products manufacturer who would like to acquire another medical products manufacturer that has a large sales organisation and a revenue stream that approximately matches the revenue stream of the company. The target company has a few patents covering incidental aspects of its product line, such as an electric power cord reel that makes its equipment look neater in use, and a wheel-equipped rack that conveniently mounts two related items of equipment to facilitate their use together. More… [PDF]