D.A. Davidson announced that, in partnership with MCF Corporate Finance, it has served as exclusive financial advisor to Berlin-based IPlytics on its sale to LexisNexis Legal & Professional, part of RELX. IPlytics is a leading IP intelligence company that enables the analysis of technology landscapes and competition for industries where standards and patents matter by providing access to multiple databases connecting patents, standard essential patents (SEPs), standards, and technical standards contributions. The acquisition further extends the vision of LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions to bring clarity to innovation and help companies worldwide be more effective at bringing meaningful innovations into the world.
IPlytics has developed software providing industry-leading analysis into the past, present, and future of standards-essential technology with fast, intuitive access to SEPs, standards contributions, and standards documents. The company’s platform empowers users to align SEP patent portfolio strategy and continuous portfolio development as it relates to SEP assets, understand the SEP competitive landscape, and help in initiatives such as licensing, acquisitions, due diligence, and joining patent pools. IPlytics develops algorithms to predict the essentiality of patent claims and standards sections as well as a patent portfolio’s value for standardized technologies.
This transaction represents another successful transaction for D.A. Davidson in its leading IP practice focused on software and services. D.A. Davidson previously served as financial advisor to Unified Patents on its growth investment from WestView Capital Partners. The transaction also highlights the successful partnership between D.A. Davidson and MCF Corporate Finance, and showcases the Technology Investment Banking Group’s ability to execute cross-border transactions under the common brand of D.A. Davidson MCF International.