According to the report, patent-rich ventures with healthy balance sheets and low market valuations are perfect takeover targets for companies seeking to expand.
Business XL identified AIM’s 68 most IP-intensive companies, which hold more than 5,000 patents between them, and has named the largest, smallest, best-performing, most cash-rich companies in the market. The study reveals that the 10 most patent-rich companies on the market have filed more than 2,500 patents, while the 10 most cash-rich intellectual property (IP) companies have £242 million on their combined balance sheets.
Transense Technologies ranked second after only Imperial Innovations, the technology transfer arm of Imperial College London, while fuel cell specialist IdaTech ranked third.
Currently valued by the market at under £7 million, Transense has 361 patented technologies on its books and therefore has one of the lowest price-per-patent ratios in the study. (Tyres & Accessories/Staffordshire, U.K.)