HOW WE TREAT OUR FILES

 

Aligo offers integrated management of intellectual property and negotiates commercial rights (licenses) for its institutions. The company also offers an investment service to all institutional partners.

 

COMMERCIAL RIGHTS TRANSACTIONS

The process of commercial rights is as follows:

 

  • The transaction process is the responsibility of one of the business development managers, who is assigned based on their particular skills and experience. They are responsible for the file, from assessing inventions (accepting or turning them down) to monitoring the transaction.
  • When a file is deemed promising, the first evaluation and the decision to further pursue it belongs to all the professionals at Aligo, who come together to share their experiences.
  • The evaluation of the business opportunity of an invention is conducted according to the usual criteria (market situation, trends, competitive advantages, etc.), but the validation of an opportunity can only be achieved by meeting with players in the target market, which is done early in the process.

 

No fixed proportion of spending is reserved for projects from a particular institution. All inventions are in competition with each other and are selected based on their commercial potential.

 

Regardless of their novelty, most of the technologies that emerge from academic research are generally difficult to transfer to an industrial partner. Aligo’s investment activities support the maturation of research and of promising technologies with the goal of their reaching a commercial stage (licensing or securing a strategic partner or venture capital funding).

 

Aligo also determines the most appropriate commercialization path for each technology in order to generate value in a timely manner. This means that the decision on whether to invest in an innovation is based on a rigorous assessment of both performance expectations and financial impact in an effort to facilitate a transaction and/or increase the value of a technology. The results of these analyses are shared with each inventor and their institutions and areas of development may be proposed to enhance the technology’s IP and commercial relevance. If licensing is the recommended route, investing with an industrial partner who would also act as a potential holder of the license is preferable. If the creation of a spin-off is recommended, having an investment structure involving Aligo and a venture capitalist is advantageous for all parties.

 

The investment process is the responsibility of the investment managers according to their abilities and experience. They work with the business development managers on aspects of IP protection and commercial rights transactions. Investment terms will be negotiated according to the following principles:

  • Investment in a project subject to a license to an existing company: Percentage of royalty on all commercialization revenue from the license agreement.
  • Investment in a spin-off: Founder equity together with the amount of additional equity invested and/or convertible debt (interest-bearing or discounted) upon future conversion into shares.

Investments can be made with or without financial leverage.

 

OUR PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

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