IP due diligence is essentially an audit to assess the quantity and the quality of intellectual property assets owned by, or licensed to, a company, business or individual. It should also include an assessment of how intellectual property is captured and protected by the relevant company or business. Typically, IP due diligence is carried out by a prospective purchaser in relation to the IP assets of the target company or business. However, IP due diligence can also be carried out by a company on its own IP assets in preparation for a transaction, such as a business sale or a major licensing deal. This note addresses these issues in further detail.
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