As regularly occurs in business, Company A is considering acquiring Company B. The strategic perspective is very compelling: the target’s patent portfolio fills numerous holes and propels the R&D program in certain key areas several years ahead of Company A’s current position. A manager in Company A has been tasked with deciding whether this particular acquisition makes sense from a financial perspective. Toward that end, the manager has hired outside consul-tants to perform a formal valuation analysis on Company B’s patent portfolio.
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