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Trademarks are among the most intangible of assets, yet they can have enormous value for an enterprise. The pink color of Owens-Corning insulation, McDonald's golden arches, the unique shape of the classic Coke bottle, these words, symbols, and colors embody the goodwill of the companies and institutions they represent. Potent cultural icons, trademarks are associated with quality, security, and even a sense of belonging in the minds of consumers. But how, exactly, do you determine the value of your trademark? How do you know if you are getting the best return on investment from your trademark? And what are the potential advantages and disadvantages of licensing your trademark, or even selling it outright?
The first guide devoted exclusively to an increasingly important area of intellectual property, Trademark Valuation provides answers to these and all your questions about how to value your trademark and to develop strategies for exploiting its full potential.
Gordon V. Smith, a consultant with more than three decades of experience advising clients on the value of their intellectual property, dispels common myths and misconceptions about trademarks and replaces them with logical, down-to-earth, practical guidance. Employing his unique talent for translating complex legal and financial concepts into plain English, he acquaints you with all the key legal and financial concepts, terms, principles, and practices, and guides you step-by-step through the entire valuation process. And, perhaps most importantly, he shows you how to use the information derived from your valuation to develop surefire strategies for getting the most out of your trademark.
With the help of dozens of case studies, Smith places the subject of trademark management in a contemporary, real-world context. He examines the role of crucial factors such as trademark longevity and offers guidelines for analyzing current and future market trends. He explores the implications of the emerging world marketplace. And he considers various worst-case scenarios, including infringement and piracy, bankruptcy, acts of consumer terrorism, and other potential crises that can have a disastrous effect on the value of a trademark.
Trademark Valuation is required reading for valuation experts, trademark specialists, and licensing executives, as well as the accountants and attorneys who work with them. It is also a valuable reference for advertising executives, business appraisers, and institutional investors.