Yahoos Patent Portfolio Is Up For Sale With A Pretty Big Price Tag
Yahoo's Patent Portfolio Is Up For Sale With A Pretty Big Price Tag
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Financial Situation of Yahoo
Financially ailing Yahoo, presently entertaining bids to sell its Web and Asian assets, has in its financial arsenal technology patents valued as high as $3 to $4 billion, the New York Post reported.
Yahoo's Patent Portfolio
Yahoo owns about 6,000 patents targeting behavioral advertising, data mining, and mobile messaging, according to intellectual property (IP) experts the newspaper did not identify.
Yahoo has a lot of fantastic patents that can be used on the enterprise side,” an unnamed source who valued Yahoo’s patent portfolio told the Post. “But there’s a lot more that cover businesses they’re not in.” Which patents Yahoo would sell is not certain, the Post reported.
A report that a law firm in Silicon Valley completed in 2012 estimated that Yahoo’s patents are worth as much as $10 billion, an unnamed intellectual property expert told the Post. The Post reported that Yahoo has over the last three years sold patents valued at $600 million.
Potential Bidders for Yahoo's Assets
An unnamed source who is close to the sales process told the Post that, “At least five bidders have been making calls to try to value the IP. Private equity firms have been making calls. They know they’re sitting on something big. They do not want people to know about this.”
However, no bidders so far have shown interest in just the patent portfolio alone, although other technology companies, including Amazon, Linkedin, Microsoft, and Salesforce, are following the sales process, according to the Post’s source.
Estimated Value of Yahoo's Assets
Yahoo would sell non-core assets, including real estate and patents, with a combined value of between $1 and $3 billion, Yahoo’s Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman said in March.
Yahoo, the financially ailing company, is considering selling its web and Asian assets. It has a patent portfolio valued at $3 to $4 billion. The portfolio includes about 6,000 patents targeting behavioral advertising, data mining, and mobile messaging.
Yahoo has already sold patents worth $600 million in the last three years. Potential bidders, including private equity firms and technology companies like Amazon, Linkedin, Microsoft, and Salesforce, are interested in the assets. Yahoo's Chief Financial Officer estimates the combined value of non-core assets, including real estate and patents, to be between $1 and $3 billion.
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