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Intellectual Property A Valuable Asset

Soul singer James Brown did it, so did David Bowie. They each raised $50 million by issuing bonds backed by current and future revenue from their songs.

The use of patents and trademarks for financial flexibility is growing because of the U.S. economy�s shift away from manufacturing. It can indeed be a godsend for smaller companies that don�t want to share equity with an investor.

One biopharmaceutical company recently obtained financing of $30 million, by agreeing to pay a private-equity firm a percentage of its revenue over 10 years. They maintain control over their intellectual property unless they go into bankruptcy protection, in which case their patents go to the private-equity firm.

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