GTT Group, Inc. Releases June 2016 Patent Transaction Market Outlook Including the Q1 2016 Patent Market Index

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Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction and patent related advisory services, today makes available the Q1 2016 Patent Market Index (PMI®) and Patent Licensing Index in the June 2016 Patent Transaction Market Report. In the first quarter of 2016, the PMI® (Patent Market Index) increased nearly 11 points and the PLI® (Patent License Index) recovered nicely from its Q4 2105 first-ever drop.

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The first quarter 2016 Patent Market Index is not indicative of a broader market uptick

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction and patent related advisory services, today makes available the Q1 2016 Patent Market Index (PMI®) and Patent Licensing Index (PLI®) in the June 2016 Patent Transaction Market Report.

In the first quarter of 2016, the PMI® (Patent Market Index) increased nearly 11 points. The index gain nearly erased the total 2015 decline in a single quarter. The PMI returned its previous 105-115 equilibrium range, the market norm since the third quarter of 2014.

While the PMI returned to its expected activity range, market conditions remain unchanged concerning patentable subject matter, lowered patent value/damage calculations, and highly selective buying practices. The secondary patent market showed further signs of returning to the previous equilibrium range, scoring above 2100 in the number of recorded secondary patent assignments, a pattern not seen since the first quarter of 2014.

“The first quarter 2016 Patent Market Index is not indicative of a broader market uptick, but may indicate the previous quarter drop as a single volatility point,” says Michael Lubitz, CEO and Chairman of GTT Group. “The return to the previous index activity range matches purchaser focus on selective transactions mirroring strategic and tactical patent portfolio plans.”

The PLI® (Patent License Index) recovered nicely from its Q4 2105 first-ever drop below 1,000. The PLI out performed the S&P 500 and returned the PLI to the steady index range of previous quarters since the index introduction in 2013. More detail on the performance and quarterly acquisitions of companies composing the PLI is available in the quarterly report.

RPX returned to the top Most Active Deal Maker position in Q1 2016, followed closely by Intellectual Ventures and Huawei. Apple, Google, Intel, Red Hat, and Samsung filled out the rankings as the Most Active Deal Makers during the first quarter.

Publications releasing this summer include GTT Group's 2016 Summer Report: Patent Break Up Value Report (July 2016), and the Patent Annual Deal Review and 2016 Midyear Outlook (June 2016). Publications still available are the GTT Group white paper Patent M&A and IPO Considerations Updated (January 2016) and Patent Divestment Overview: Japan Originating Divestiture (September 2015). Please contact Collin Low at GTT Group for access to these reports.

Obtain a complete copy of the Patent Transaction Market Report through a complimentary subscription to the Quarterly Patent Transaction Market Report and Patent Market Index. GTT Group makes this information available as a courtesy to the community.

The Patent Market Index (PMI®) tracks patent transaction activity and patent marketplace trends, and is reported quarterly in the Patent Transaction Market Report (PTMR). The Patent Licensing Index (PLI®) tracks activity among publicly traded patent licensing companies to provide comparative performance indicators, and is also reported quarterly in the PTMR.

About Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc.
Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. is a patent transaction advisory & consultancy firm. GTT Group combines core competencies in patent analysis, valuation, and market knowledge to deliver unparalleled results. The company’s corporate headquarters are in Portland, Oregon.

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