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Intellectual Property Valuations

Analysts Caveats and Reporting Guidelines (Part V of V) This fifth and final installment presents valuation analyst caveats and reporting best practices related to the intellectual property valuation. Introduction The first four installments of this five-part discussion summarized the conceptual support for—and the practical application of—the relief from royalty (RFR) method of intellectual property valuat ...

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Pre-Bankruptcy Bonuses

A Fair Payout or a Disaster Waiting to Happen In 2020 alone, approximately 7,300 companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Of those corporate debtors, 42 were found to have awarded pre-bankruptcy retention bonuses to a total of 223 executives, with the bonuses totaling approximately $165 million. These pre-bankruptcy bonuses were given to executives anywhere from five months to two days before the filing. ...

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Intellectual Property Valuations

Illustrative Example of the Relief from Royalty Method (Part IV of V) Previous installments of this five-part discussion summarized the development of the market approach and the relief from royalty (RFR) method of intellectual property valuation. This fourth installment presents an illustrative example of the practical application of the RFR method. Introduction Previous installments of this five-part disc ...

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Practice Continuation in the Event of a Death or Disability

A Transition Planning Tool Kit This is an abridged article published by the author. The original article is longer and contains forms referenced but not included here. The author has prepared a tool kit to assist sole practitioners and smaller partnerships with a method of having their practice sold or continued in the event of an untimely death or disability. This tool kit has been prepared to assist sole ...

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Intellectual Property Valuations

Application of the Relief from Royalty Method (Part III of V) This is the third article of a five-part series on valuation of intellectual property describing the application of the RFR method. Introduction This five-part discussion focuses on the market approach and the relief from royalty (RFR) method of intellectual property valuation. Prior parts of this series summarized the many reasons to develop the ...

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A Tribute to Dr. Shannon P. Pratt

Anecdotes from James R. Hitcher of Moments Spent with Dr. Shannon P. Pratt, a Pioneer in the Business Valuation Industry This discourse shares the author’s long, rewarding relationship with Dr. Shannon P. Pratt, an icon in business valuation (BV). He lived and breathed BV. Outside of his career, he had an intense love of life and liked to have fun. The author, James R. Hitchner, shares what he learned from ...

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Intellectual Property Valuations

Elements of the Valuation Analysis (Part II of V) This second article of the five-part series on Intellectual Property Valuations summarizes the typical elements of the intellectual property valuation analysis. This part of the discussion focuses on benchmarking and the use of research databases. Introduction This five-part series of discussions introduces the market approach and the relief from royalty (RF ...

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How and Why I Jumpstart My Week on Sunday

Rather than reacting to developments on Monday, take action earlier to jumpstart the week. In this article, Rod Burkert shares five things he does to remain active and plan the week ahead. Our RV travels cause us to keep some pretty weird hours. But one thing I never alter is how I prep for the coming week. I’m a fussy to-do list maker. And a meticulous scheduling planner. These two habits intersect every S ...

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Intellectual Property Valuations

The Relief From Royalty Method (Part I of V) This is the first article of a five-part series that focuses on what valuation analysts and owner/operators need to know about one category of intangible property: intellectual property. There are generally accepted cost approach, market approach, and income approach methods that may be used to value intellectual property. This discussion focuses on the applicati ...

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Helping the Client Understand Technical Terms

To Create a Visual Picture Every profession has its own unique vocabulary, and although everyone in the field understands the terms or abbreviations, the public most likely does not. An easy way to help people understand technical terms or a profession's distinctive vocabulary is to create a “word picture” that links that unique word to some everyday idea or object. The author suggests that metaphors and si ...

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