Mitigate Patent Risk

We are a Member-driven cooperative that provides to some of the world’s most innovative and recognized technology companies patent risk mitigation services, market insights, and a forum for IP leaders to interact and form business relationships.  Our unique non-profit model means that Members come first every day.

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Let's Look at Some AST Fast Facts

There are approximately 25,000patent 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 12,000 lots comprising over 250,000 patent assets.

AST has purchased patent rights to over 3,000 assets and totaling more than $450M conservatively preventing over 300 litigations for its Members.

AST’s analysis shows that in the U.S. alone, 2,400assets have been reassigned since 2010 to a new owner and then been the subject of a litigation.

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

Google is pleased with our membership in AST – Its business model is among the ways we mitigate the risk of future patent litigation for Google products and services. Google entrusts the AST team to handle intake of third-party offers for patent sales and to facilitate the processing of those opportunities for consideration.

~ Michael Lee

Head of Patents at Google

We worked with AST to secure a license to a portfolio that has since been litigated against several other companies in our industry. The AST transaction was smooth, efficient and at a significantly lower cost than we would have faced if we had not acted proactively.

~ Chip Lutton

Vice President and General Counsel, Nest Labs, Inc. / A Google Company

As part of our pricing study completed in the first half of 2016, comparing some of the most active buyers in the secondary market, we found that AST’s prices have been right in the middle. They neither overpay nor underpay on behalf of their members, but seem to pay a reasonable market price.

~ Kent Richardson

Partner, Richardson Oliver Law Group

AST brought one of our portfolios to the attention of a member of theirs, who ultimately bought it. While we had offered the portfolio to the company directly, and received other offers to acquire the portfolio, it was AST’s involvement that caused them to really consider the portfolio, and I believe ultimately contributed to the sale. That’s one of the great things about AST – their members can either buy through AST, or directly with a seller. I look forward to more successful transactions between Adapt IP, AST, and AST’s members.

~ Grant Moss

Founder and President, Adapt IP Ventures

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

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