Most companies and inventors spend time and money on R&D, legal, crafting, filing and other costs associated with building and safeguarding their technology. The patent-related costs are often in vain, as the technology ends up not being core to the business. Even when the technology is core, patents sit idle on a balance sheet. Worse yet, they rack up maintenance costs on an annual basis.
If you owned a hotel, would you let rooms sit vacant and unoccupied? Nope. Instead of dragging down balance sheet, it's time to turn your patents into cash-flowing assets. If competitors are infringing on your IP, they should be paying rent. The point of patenting technology is to ensure that anyone using your intellectual property is paying for the hard work and up-front costs you incurred when developing the technology.
Craig founded one of the world's most experienced and successful patent licensing firms, Uniloc. During his tenure at Uniloc, Craig filed, managed and resolved hundreds of patent litigation cases. In addition, Craig was responsible for hatching and executing monetization programs and negotiating licensing deals with the world's largest companies. He is the principal architect of the world's first self-learning patent management platform.
Aaron was a founding member of MKP Capital, a global macro hedge fund manager. Aaron’s experience includes portfolio management and trading across equity, fixed income and all derivatives. In addition, Aaron has also developed alternative trading technology. Aaron heads up Brazos financial structuring and works with Argos clients to ensure that engagements are economically beneficial for all parties.
From 1989 to 2016, Stuart was a trial lawyer and for some 20 years was a partner at Reed Smith LLC, an international law firm. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants in “high stakes” commercial, intellectual property and patent disputes and tried, arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases. Stuart also served as the managing partner of the Los Angeles and Century City offices of Reed Smith and in that capacity was responsible for all aspects of managing lawyers and staff, budgeting, marketing and day-to-day operations.
Matt spent 7 years in traditional finance, working in fixed income sales and trading. Matt specialized in structured products, specifically mortgage-backed securities. After Wall Street, Matt was founding CEO of a company that pioneered consumer data control. Matt bridges his technology and finance backgrounds to help Brazos productize their data-driven offering with flexible structuring solutions.