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Leverage Silicon Valley insights and approaches to connect technologies and markets across the world.

At Foresight Valuation Group

“We work with our clients to develop an active and informed approach to managing their intangible assets, from valuing their intellectual property (IP) portfolio to planning effectively for commercialization and growth.”

In today’s competitive marketplace, smart companies – from Fortune 500 firms to early stage startups – rely on innovation to keep them one step ahead of the game. They need to effectively leverage the knowledge, technologies, trade secrets, patents, trademarks, and copyrights that are critical to their success.

Foresight takes a highly focused approach to extracting value from innovation. Our principals and affiliates have been involved in analyzing and commercializing cutting edge innovation for some of the world’s most prominent technology companies. As IP experts based in Silicon Valley, we help organizations across a range of industries manage and grow their IP as a strategic business asset.

Intellectual Asset Management Consulting

Foresight Valuation Group provides a full suite of services designed to help our clients improve their results through valuing, strategically managing, and monetizing their intangible assets.
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Valuation Analysis

We offer a full range of intellectual property and business valuation services— ranging from financial & tax reporting compliance to situations related to IP transactions, technology licensing, and R&D planning.

Economic Studies

We provide advanced economic studies utilizing return on investment (ROI) and customer utility metrics to quantify the impact of new products and technologies on global markets.

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Litigation Damages

We provide customized damages opinions and litigation support services through our network of experienced damages and technical experts, on matters related to commercial intellectual property disputes.

Strategic Consulting

We advise senior management on the alignment of their IP portfolios with their business strategy and on the effective monetization of their intangible assets.

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Startup Advisory

We help new ventures create a strategic roadmap for their business, develop their financial modeling, and support their IP strategy.

Just when it seemed as though start-up valuations had peaked in 2013, the year 2014 has started with an opening shot in the form of the reported US$3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs by Google. It now looks as if this year will bring about perfect-storm conditions, which will sustain the high-valuation trend. But are we in the midst of a 'valuation bubble'?

Efrat Kasznik - "Living In A Bubble: Valuation Trends to Watch In 2014" IAM Magazine, February 5, 2014

What Clients Say About Foresight

Over the past 20 years, our partners and affiliates have assisted clients across a wide array of industries, in the US and internationally.

From the definition of the scope, to the delivery of the final report, Foresight consistently provided outstanding service on a timely basis that culminated in a highly valuable robust asset. There is no hesitation in our assessment that you have added immense value to our stockholders which should equally serve well as a set of lenses to our future investors.

Penelope Salmons, President, Fibrtec

I worked with Foresight on a business modeling project to help service providers increase revenue through a combination of delivering network cloud services and video on demand. The Foresight team provided thorough analysis, data research, and modeling that contributed to new insight and potential business opportunities for operators. Foresight delivered high quality work and it a pleasure to work with them.

VP Marketing, Forture 500 Company

Carr & Ferrell LLP highly values our relationship with the Foresight Valuation Group. Their understanding of a strong IP portfolio allows them to create unique, game-changing views and solutions to maximize IP values. We have collaborated on a number of clients and emerging companies, and without a doubt, their exceptional knowledge and ability solidifies them as IP strategy experts.

John Ferrell, Partner, Carr & Ferrell LLP

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) is so very appreciative of all the work that you have done to support curriculum development, alumni engagement, and student programs. We sincerely thank you and look forward to continuing our work together.

Stanford Graduate School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford Venture Studio

Efrat Kasznik and her team not only helped with providing expert valuations for our IP, her firm went the extra mile and was helpful in providing our us with important connections and great exposure for our company. Thanks to Foresight Valuation we won 2 out of 2 start-up contests in the Silicon Valley area including one where we placed #1 out of 175 start-up companies at an annual Vator Spash show in San Francisco.

Carrie Hafeman, CEO, FrontDoor Software

In The Media

Lycos, the faded Internet star, takes another shot at stardom

Lycos, the faded Internet star, takes another shot at stardom

"Lycos claims its technologies are used in online advertising, ad keywords, search engine optimization, databases, and even IoT and online multi-player gaming.
“Some of these patents could certainly be relevant to IoT, if they have a broad enough claim language that would cover some of the basic protocols that the IoT ecosystem implements,” said Efrat Kasznik, president of Foresight Valuation Group LLC, a Silicon Valley-based intellectual property consulting firm.
Because IoT is fundamentally a layer of sensors collecting data and transmitting it over communication networks for analysis, some IoT technologies could be breaching Lycos patents, Kasznik said."

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Green-Car Patents Raise Old Issues, New Questions

Green-Car Patents Raise Old Issues, New Questions

"Patents expert Efrat Kasznik, president and founder of California-based Foresight Valuation Group, says the auto sector currently is focused on defensive patenting, even for innovations it does not use. “In R&D-intensive industries, such as the auto industry, the patent yield is highly correlated with the R&D budget as it is perceived to be a direct return on innovation,” she says.

 

“Auto companies are traditionally very large patent holders, and a lot of the innovation in the auto industry is driven by regulations. Oftentimes, an auto company will try several possible solutions to achieve an emissions standard that is coming up 10 years from now, and only adopt a small section of the solutions, leaving several of the other solutions unimplemented. “Having said that, many of these solutions will still be patented, leading to large patent portfolios covering innovations that are not necessarily present in products.” Patents, Kasznik explains, have two types of value: enforcement, or “stick,” value; and technology transfer, or “carrot,” value. Enforcement value is associated with the right to enforce the patent. Factors such as age, patent classification, patent family, length of claim and filing history with the patent office influence this value. Technology-transfer value is associated with newer patents that will be applicable to future products in emerging markets. This type of patent is monetized through the holder’s own products or by licensing to others who wish to bring new products to market. “Here, what is really important is the path to market as this patent gains value from future products,” Kasznik says. “Also important is the existence of know-how and other technology, in addition to the patent, since a patent alone is not enough to build a product. “All the patent provides is the right to exclude others, so it gives the holder a limited monopoly and the ability to gain some early market share.”

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New patent laws in the US under the “First to File” regime, recent Supreme Court decisions, as well as the increased risk of patent litigation, make it absolutely critical for a startup to have a well-executed roadmap for building its IP portfolio. Using case studies and real life examples, the speakers will address the elements of a successful IP strategy that every startup should consider.

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