Innovation

Drive innovation through smart management of intellectual property.

Growth

Implement vision and exceed goals in today’s competitive markets.

Trust

Rely on expert advisory based on state of the art methodologies and data driven analysis.

Global

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

Big Tech winning battle with ‘patent trolls’

For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars.

But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show.

In the wake of several changes in U.S. law, which make it easier to challenge software patents, patent prices are plummeting, the number of court fights is down, and stock prices of many patent-holding companies have fallen. Some tech firms say they are punching up research budgets as legal costs shrink, while support for major patent reform is under fire as trolls get trounced.

 

"Their entire business model relies on intimidation, and that has lost its edge," said Efrat Kasznik, president of intellectual property consulting firm Foresight Valuation Group. "If the patents are not enforceable in court anymore... the troll has no legs to stand on."

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Could the SEC Require Companies to Value their Patent Portfolios?

The need to value patent portfolios may be even greater after the Supreme Court’s decision in the Alice case.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may require more transparency among public companies when it comes to valuing their patent portfolios.

Now, such portfolios generally do not have to be formally valued and reported to interested parties. But given the push for increased transparency, such as at the SEC, and the desire by investors to know more about the companies in which they invest there could be more guidelines or formal requirements forthcoming.

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The Impact of the Alice Decision on Corporate Patent Assets

The Supreme Court’s Alice decision has introduced a dimension of uncertainty associated with the validity of many of the software patents held by operating companies today. There seems to be a consensus among some of the leading academic and judiciary experts supporting that conclusion, as seen in recent comments made by Stanford Law School’s Prof. Mark Lemley, as well as in recent comments by former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel. From a valuation and financial reporting perspective, there needs to be a serious examination of the post-Alice landscape implications on the value of patents as corporate assets. The results of such examination may lead to further action – which could range anywhere from additional disclosure requirements by regulators, all the way to actual corporate asset write-offs. This article highlights some of the key issues that need to be addressed by companies and regulators.

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Crowdfunding Update: IP Protection and Startup Valuation Considerations

Crowdfunding Update: IP Protection and Startup Valuation Considerations

Mary Juetten, CEO of Traklight and Efrat Kasznik, Foresight Valuation

Crowdfunding is expected to become a leading source of financing in the early stage, on both rewards and equity platforms. It is likely to add more transparency to startup valuations and, at the same time, contribute to an upward trend in valuations. However, the lack of attention to IP protection or infringement during the campaign can have negative implications on the valuation of your startup. The topic of IP protection should therefore be top of mind for entrepreneurs engaged in crowdfunding, as it is critical to their survival and success long after the campaign has ended.

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Events

From Connected Homes to Smart Cars: Consumer Applications of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Join Foresight's President as she moderates a workshop panel titled "From Connected Homes to Smart Cars: Consumer Applications of the Internet of Things (IoT)" at the LES 2014 Annual Meeting on October 6th - 4:15-5:30PM in San Francisco, CA.

This workshop will focus on new challenges and opportunities related to intellectual property and monetization in the IoT consumer market. The panel includes IP and business leaders from companies, startups and organizations representing all three leading sectors of the IoT consumer ecosystem.

Moderator:
Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group & Chair of the  (3CX) Committee
Speakers:
Amin Arbabian, Professor, Stanford University
Shawana Johnson, President, Global Marketing Insights
Gene Wang, CEO, PeoplePower

Date & Time: Thursday, October 6th, 4:15PM-5:30PM PST
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis - 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

For full event details and registration, please visit LES registration.

Upcoming Events

Financial Modeling and Valuations for Startups: Telling Your Story with Numbers

Join Foresight President's Efrat Kasznik as she discusses how to tell your story with numbers, build a solid financial model, and determine pre-money valuations for fundraising.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP (Menlo Park, CA)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5:00PM to 8:00 PM at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP (San Diego, CA)

For full event details and registration, please visit Meetup Silicon Valley or Meetup San Diego.

Upcoming Events

Driving Mobile Growth through Smart IP Strategy at VentureBeat MobileBeat 2014

Join Foresight's President Efrat Kasznik for lunch as she hosts VentureBeat's MobileBeat 2014 Power Lunch on Wednesday, July 9th from 12:40PM-2:00PM at MobileBeat2014 in San Francisco, CA.

Driving Mobile Growth through Smart IP Strategy: July 9th, 12:40PM-2:00PM.

For more info about VentureBeat MobileBeat 2014, click here.

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