Proactive Patent Defense

Because we are an independent, not-for-profit cooperative, we provide a trusted and fully transparent way for our Members to analyze patent purchase opportunities and to complete defensive patent acquisitions.

Selling Patents

AST continually considers the purchase of issued patents in high technology areas.

What AST Does

AST provides patent triage, evaluation, and acquisition services so our Members don’t have to.

Membership Advantage

Members enjoy access to the market’s most efficient and effective proactive patent defense.

Let's Look at Some AST Fast Facts

There are approximately 25,000 patent assets publicly offered for sale and over 500 new sellers entering the market each year, with these numbers trending upward.

Since its inception in 2007, AST has received and processed more than 6,500 lots comprising over 138,000 patent assets.

AST has purchased patent rights to over 2500 assets and totaling more than $420M conservatively preventing over 300 litigations for our members.

AST’s analysis shows that in the U.S. Alone, 1,655 assets have been reassigned in the last 5 years to a new owner and then been the subject of a litigation.

Recorded U.S. Transactions and Assets by Year
Industry Testimonials

AST are a pleasure to work with.  They are responsive, price competitive and very detail orientated.

~ Ian Watson

Founder and President, Quinn Pacific

AST’s interests are aligned with its Members’ interests.  Nothing happens without Member input.
Our interactions with AST are always positive and professional.  They are serious when they buy. Once they make an offer I have great confidence that they will be able to close the deal.
It’s a real benefit to be able to bid alongside your peers, and a tremendous advantage to have regular peer-to-peer interaction throughout the year.

~ Micky Minhas

Chief Patent Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

AST operates with the highest integrity when buying or selling patent portfolios.  When buying, AST is efficient and reliable – performing due diligence, submitting bids, and negotiating the patent sale agreement within the requested timeframes.  When selling, AST is pragmatic as to the sale price and quickly responds to buyer questions and issues.  AST understands the patent transaction market and is always moving transactions towards closing.

~ John Koepke

Founding Partner, Red Chalk Group

AST is a tremendous asset for Avaya.  AST has a team that’s able to keep an eye on the market, so they can do the heavy lifting and analysis that augments our internal capabilities to remove risk by identifying and purchasing patents on the open market.
If these patents end up in the wrong hands, they could create serious disruptions and risk for our company. It’s a really collaborative relationship and it’s almost like they’re an extension of our internal IP department.  They understand our products, they understand the industry and they understand the value of good patents.  The AST team helps us make an educated decision based on their analysis.

~ Joseph C. Kirincich

Associate General Counsel – Intellectual Property Law, Avaya, Inc.

I’ve seen over one hundred patent purchase agreements. For a seller, some are complete deal killers. AST’s agreement is the exact opposite. It takes discipline and experience for a buyer to get what they need and no more. AST benefits from both, and so do sellers that close deals with them.

~ William J. Plut

Patent Profit International

I’ve worked with AST several times over the past few years.  They don’t do deals that often, but when they do, it’s a very professional, positive and efficient experience.

~ Louis Carbonneau

CEO, Tangible IP, LLC.

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