GTT Group, Inc. Releases May 2015 Patent Transaction Market Outlook Including the Q1 2015 Patent Market Index

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Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction advisory services, today makes available the Q1 2015 Patent Market Index and Patent Licensing Index results in the May 2015 Patent Transaction Market Report. A 1.9-point gain in the Q1 2015 PMI® continued the activity level that began in mid-2014, while the PLI® fell 3% during the first quarter of 2015 and underperformed the S&P 500.

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Activity remains high as parties search for strategic acquisitions that protect existing and future profit centers and deliver favorable licensing terms.

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction advisory services, today makes available the Q1 2015 Patent Market Index and Patent Licensing Index results in the May 2015 Patent Transaction Market Report.

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.

A 1.9-point gain in the Q1 2015 PMI® continued the activity level that began in mid-2014. GTT Group maintains a cautious outlook regarding further upward activity. In the Q1 2015 report, GTT Group cites several factors that may impact the PMI for the remainder of 2015 and following years. “The major market challenge continues to be the lack of high quality relevant assets,” says Michael Lubitz, CEO and Chairman of GTT Group. “Activity remains high as parties search for strategic acquisitions that protect existing and future profit centers and deliver favorable licensing terms.”

The PLI® fell 3% during the first quarter of 2015 and underperformed the S&P 500. This index, which tracks 11 publicly traded patent licensing companies, was heavily affected by major value loses in three companies, that were partially offset by strong quarterly gains in three other companies. For information related to the companies that make up the index and their relative performance please see the PTMR for further details.

Once again, Intellectual Ventures led the Most Active Deal Makers list, but major manufacturers Apple, Hynix, and Intel returned to the list along with non-practicing entities RPX and Intellectual Discovery.

The GTT Group 2015 Winter Report: Patent Value and the 2014 Annual Deal Review are both available directly from GTT Group.

Obtain a complete copy of the Patent Transaction Market Report through subscription to the Quarterly Patent Transaction Market Report and Patent Market Index by visiting GTT Group online. GTT Group makes this information available on a discretionary basis as a courtesy to the community.

About Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc.
Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. is a patent transaction advisory 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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