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A company’s innovations and other intellectual property (IP) assets can be used to attract investors as well as business purchasers. Generally, investors need to identify value before exchanging cash for equity. For example, in 2013 the median investment size during an angel round of funding was $600K, while the median pre-money business valuation was $2.5M. Thus, in 2013, angel investors were willing to invest about $600K in a company valued at approximately $2.5M. One factor that investors examine to place a value on a company is the strength of the company’s IP portfolio, and more specifically, the patent portfolio.

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