In this report, we identified 49 licenses from the RoyaltySource® database related to battery and fuel cell technology. Following is a general industry overview, review of the technology licensed and license benchmark information, including royalty rates and license characteristics. After reviewing the licenses, the line between “battery” and “fuel cell” began to blur since both devices use a chemical reaction to generate electricity. Our research indicates that a battery makes electricity from stored energy and a fuel cell from fuel stored in an external tank. This means a fuel cell will make electricity as long as fuel is supplied, compared to a battery that eventually will exhaust the stored electricity. So the remaining life of the two sources is very different. While batteries can be recharged, fuel cells are expected to supply usable power for a couple of years longer than batteries.
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Many times experts need to have broad royalty rate benchmarks to help guide in the valuation and licensing of Intellectual Property (”IP”) and Intangible Assets (“IA”). Knowing the boundaries of market based royalty rates and deal terms, prior to a more in-depth search and analysis, gives support for various challenges. These are detailed below.
- Transactions – Licensing and purchase/sale of IP transactions. Licensing executives can quickly control compensation expectations by establishing a playing field, or a range of royalty rates/values, prior to and during negotiation.
- Litigation – Infringement damage litigation has become so expensive that the parties to the matter can quickly assess possible damage awards before moving forward to make sure the choice to litigate or settle is economically feasible.
- Financial Reporting – Experts performing purchase price allocations under IFRS 3/ US GAAP ASC 805 need to select a royalty rate when using the relief-from-royalty approach to value IP and IA. Selection of a comparable royalty rate begins with assembling supporting documentation for the selection of a royalty rate. A broad view of target IP and IA benchmarks and a follow-up custom search to make a judgement will strengthen the analysis and supporting documentation under audit review.
- Taxation – Transfer Pricing experts can quickly test intercompany agreements by using benchmark royalty rate data and the interquartile range.
We have developed IPSCIO/RoyaltySource® reports to meet these challenges. This resource summarizes actual license contract data to give the greatest insight possible. In addition to the license contracts, we have insightful directional information that can also be found in our online searchable database.
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