Singapore seeks to turn trademarks into cash

By Jack Ellis

Asia-Pacific is leading the world when it comes to IP collateralisation. Singapore’s groundbreaking IP Financing Scheme recently saw the approval of its first patent-backed loan – and hopefully, lending against trademarks is not far behind

It is a well-worn adage in the IP community that 80% or more of the value of a business now resides in its intangible assets. Intellectual capital consulting firm Ocean Tomo suggests that intangibles accounted for 84% of the market value of S&P500 companies in 2015. Most of this intangible value consists of intellectual property, and most of that is represented by a subset of IP assets that most businesses have in common: brands, and the trademarks underpinning them. Assuming that those 80%-plus estimates are close to being accurate, the owners of strong brands and trademarks should be able to leverage these assets to secure capital that reflects their value.

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