Pitchbook compiled a list of the 80 VC-backed companies that have gone through an IPO in 2018 and we performed some research* on the list to explore the connection between patent activity and IPO. What did we find? Here’s the breakdown.
- 100% of companies valued at $150M or higher at IPO own or license patents (80% of the companies)
- The three companies that did not either own or license patents fell in the bottom 20% in terms of valuation at IPO
- Avg. valuation with patents $519.8M (owned or licensed)
- Avg. valuation without patents $131.3M
- Avg. funding with patents $135.75 (owned or licensed)
- Avg. funding without patents $35.03M
For VC-backed companies, obtaining funding is one of the most important goals because it provides the opportunity to hire the right staff, dedicate more money to developing products and securing a place in the market through effective sales and marketing.
The valuations of companies with patents were, on average, nearly 4 times as high as those without patents. While one should not expect patents to automatically deliver such a staggering jump in value, it should be noted that an Office of Chief Economist Report found that owning patents caused valuations to be higher for both first and second round funding at a rate of 23% and 29%, respectively.
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