Personal intellectual property acquitions

Samsung hits the acquisition trail  July 16, 2012 – 11:35 am

In financial terms, a $300m acquisition is no big deal for Samsung Electronics, given its $150bn market capitalisation. But in terms of technology, strategy and history, the South Korean group’s acquisition of the mobile business of UK-based CSR matters a lot.

As the company’s legal battles with Apple highlight, technology is crucial to Samsung’s future, as it moves from technological follower to technological leader in global markets. As the group itself has acknowledged, this applies in both hardware and software.

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A few thoughts

I'm not sure I understand exactly what you're contemplating, but you might find this useful or interesting:
1. People have understood the importance of IP (and patents, specifically) to a company's bottom line for a while. Perhaps the most stark example of this is an investment bank called OceanTomo. Among other IP-centric things, they have a few index funds based on patents. See for an ex... it, but it doesn't really do you any good.
But the guys putting together the portfolio were smart guys, to be sure. They were a bunch of zillionaire Wall Street types with a few fancy patent attorneys thrown in. Although I don't necessarily hold that crowd in high esteem, these guys were smart. So either they're bonkers or I am. And that's enough for me to say that valuation is tricky. :)

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