Intellectual Property Assets as Loan Collateral in the Era of COVID-19

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In the face of the economic downturn and economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are now realizing the tangible value of their intangible intellectual property.

Trademarks, copyrights and patents registered by a business can indeed be some of its most valuable assets. The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) estimated that intangible assets now represent 80% of the value of the company. Famous brands like Google, Apple, Samsung and Amazon are in the billions of dollars. Even current accounting practice requires that intellectual property be recorded on the balance sheet during valuation. As one court put it, “theoretically and perhaps also practically, this hard-earned [trademark] law is as important as money in the bank.



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