Patents granted from December 5–11 2018 show that: Japan consistently comes in second to the US in terms of number of patents per assignee country. Japan’s leading assignees are Canon, Toshiba, and Sony among others. Germany lands fourth in the top assignee countries. The top assignees in Germany are Robert...

In this article, we discuss the various advantages and disadvantages one should consider when deciding whether to acquire a third-party patent asset or embrace licensing as a path towards a company’s growth. Both options have their merits, but which one a company should pursue depends mainly on the company’s circumstances....