SoCal IP Institute – Special Presentation – Fred Kuhns on IP Valuation

Please join us for the SoCal IP Institute meeting, Monday, January 31 at Noon for a special presentation. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit.  If you will be joining us, please RSVP to  Amanda Jones by 9 am Monday.

This week, Fred Kuhns from FRK Consulting will be joining us to discuss IP valuation.  His presentation will include discussion of the ways in which valuation of intellectual property for licensing or sale in the absence of litigation or prior transactions presents special challenges.  A case study will be used to illustrate relevant issues including assessment of markets, modeling top-line sales growth and estimation of appropriate discount rates.  Assumptions regarding exclusive vs. non-exclusive licenses and the treatment of patents derived from government-funded research will also be discussed.  Lastly, the presentation will touch on differences between industries with regard to the type and quality of information available.

Fred Kuhns has performed valuations of patents, trademarks and other intangibles for both transactional and litigation purposes.  He has provided valuation reports for licensing, tax matters, financing of new ventures and measurement of economic damages.  His clients have included companies and entrepreneurs in a range of industries including chemicals, clothing, computer hardware and software, electronics, medical devices and oil refining, among others.  Fred began his career in the aerospace industry and has held consulting positions at Peterson Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He received his MBA in accounting and finance from UCLA and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).