IP Insurance in detail

IP Insurance in detail

Intellectual Property (IP) often forms the bedrock of the modern technology business, the critical component upon which the organization depends for its funding and revenue streams – and which in turn influences all key strategic decisions.

So in the same way that you wouldn't hesitate to insure your physical assets, it also makes good commercial sense to insure the risks to your intangible assets. Consider what would happen if you faced an allegation of IP infringement brought by a third party - the legal costs involved can be ruinous and most commercial insurance policies don’t provide the specialised protection you need.

Technology innovators are exposed to a raft of Intellectual Property risks that are constantly evolving. Have you considered how your operations may be exposed?

  • Contractual IP indemnifications and hold harmless agreements may leave you on the hook for costs & expenses incurred by your customers, users, distributors or collaboration partners.
  • You may suffer diminished value in your IP portfolio (or a big hole in your licensing revenue) if a successful infringement action is brought against you, or if your ownership or title to IP is impugned.
  • You may have hefty reengineering costs if you’re required to rework your product to ensure it’s non-infringing - these costs may arise under indemnification obligations.
  • You may have to pay damages to a third party who brings a successful infringement action against you. This could even involve action by an employee who claims title to your IP.

Risks can also arise when commercial transactions occur, such as with a merger, or when you decide to exit and sell your business, or dispose of your IP portfolio. You’ll be required to provide representations and warranties relating to your IP rights. What if they’re called into question after the transaction? How can insurance help you to ring-fence these liabilities?

Perhaps you’re raising finance to acquire an IP-rich business or IP portfolio. A challenge to the validity of the IP rights post-acquisition won’t impress your investors. Intelligently arranged insurance solutions can play a significant role in helping to secure investment in intangible asset portfolios.

Take a look at our case studies to see how we’ve helped our customers protect their IP rights.

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Tech-based business is 24/7, global and borderless, always exposing you to new risks and liabilities - often in unfamiliar places. As the law struggles to keep pace with technology, insurance can provide a real safety net if you fall foul of changing legislation.

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