Patents meet ETFs

by YourPatentGuy on December 30, 2006

I am certainly not a financial advisor and I am not recommending that you invest in this product. I am writing about something that is new to me, and therefore I believe it may be new to some of you. (When I started working at Townsend and Townsend as a young associate almost 20 years ago as a patent prosecutor, my mentors would always stress that we (patent prosecutors) as a group are famously poor investors in new patents/tech. I have come to begin to understand why this is true – as it is quite tempting to focus on the technology rather than the business, market, and management metrics that can easily predominate over “cool tech” – one of the lessons I am trying to pass on to my clients).

Ocean Tomo (a group that has been conducting public auctions of patents for the last year or two) is offering what it asserts is the first intellectual property index. This index looks to be an ETF (exchange traded fund) and may be early in the testing phase, if you are truly a risk taker, patent evangelist, or ???.

ETFtrends has an article about the Patent Index here. Some basics on ETFs from ETFtrends can be found here?

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