Tuesday 12 February 2008

CPA for sale?

Roll up, roll up!

The Sunday Telegraph reports that Computer Patent Annuities (CPA), an IP renewals and patent management company, has appointed investment bank Greenhill to carry out a review in readiness for a sale or float of the business.

A price tag of upto £500m has been suggested in the article, which should make a number of Fellows of the UK Chartered Institute of Patents Attorneys (CIPA) more relaxed as retirement approaches.

The article estimates that upto 320 Members will benefit - over 15% of the UK Patent Attorney Profession. This blogger is concerned at the number of professionals who will move their practice off-shore - CIPA OGM's in Monaco perhaps...

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