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Strategic Importance of Intellectual Property (IP) in M&A

Strategic Importance of Intellectual property (IP) in M & A

Aim: The aim of this study is to highlight strategic importance of intellectual property (IP) in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals. Objectives:

Provide an overview of the key role that IP assets and IP due diligence play in M&A deals, along with financial due-diligence.

Provide an overview of recent IP-driven deals*.

Provide a strategic overview of recent IP-driven M&A deals in the communication sector.

Case study: Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Inc.

Provide a strategic overview of recent IP-driven M&A deals in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Case Study: Pfizer’s acquisition of Wyeth

About this report

The report highlights strategic importance of intellectual property (IP) in Merger and acquisition (M&A) deals. The study analyzes recent IP-driven M&A deals, and pinpoints key role that IP assets and IP due-diligence played in those deals along with financial due-diligence. Few case studies covering IP-driven M&A deals from Pharma–Biotech industry and Information and communications (ICT) industry are also covered in the report. Further, Google’s acquisition of Motorola mobility, key rational behind the deal, and its potential benefits to Google are covered in detail.


  • Research Scope
  • Executive Summary
  • Strategic Importance of Intellectual Property (IP)
    • More Than 80% of Key Growth Processes Impacted by IP
    • Role of Intellectual Property Business Intelligence (IP BI)in Strategic Decision-Making Scenarios
  • Recent IP-Driven Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Recent IP-Driven Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Table Recent IP-Driven M&A Deals, Global, 2002 - 13
  • Google's Acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011
    • Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility after failure to acquire Nortel's patents
    • Timeline of Google - Motorola Mobility Deal
    • Google's Acquisition of Motorola Mobility-Key Events
    • Smartphone Economic Ecosystem: approximately US $200 Bn in Year 2011
    • Competitive Overview of Mobile Device Market at the time of Google-Motorola Mobility Deal
    • Google's Patent Portfolio before Motorola Mobility Deal-Text Cluster Map
    • Motorola Mobility's Patent Portfolio-Text Cluster Map
    • Litigation Cases involving Google as Defendants*
    • Google's Rational behind the Deal - Building Strong Patent Portfolio
    • Google Sold Motorola Mobility to Lenevo at US$2.91 billion
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Sector
    • Pharma and Biotech Consolidation
    • Impact of Drugs Going off Patent
    • Patent Cliff -A Big Challenge for Drug Manufacturers
    • Major Revenue Losses Due To Patent Cliff in 2014
      • Table Revenue Data for Drugs Going Off-patent, Global, 2013 - 2015
    • Major Revenue Losses Due To Patent Cliff in 2015
      • Table Revenue Data for Drugs Going Off-patent, Global, 2014 - 2016
    • Pharma-Biotech Industry: Impact of Patent Expiry on Competitive Strategy
    • IP Driven M&A Deals in the Pharma-Biotech Industry
    • Pfizer's Acquisition of Wyeth-Case Study
  • ArcelorMittal's Patent Dispute with Voestalpine (Settled in 2011)
    • ArcelorMittal: World's Largest Steel Producer with long history of M&A
    • Role of IP in ArcelorMittal's Product Diversification Strategy
    • ArcelorMittal Lost Patent Battle against Voestalpine
  • Appendix
    • Acronyms

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