In today's global markets an international approach to intellectual property
rights is essential. Responding to this trend, the Intellectual
Property Group created the 'i-CAP' group of companies, an international
group of companies dedicated to be a global partner in IP matters. 'i-CAP'
stands for Intellectual Capital, the generic term for intangible assets,
such as intellectual property rights, know-how, software solutions, but also
Our i-CAP companies are located in strategic jurisdictions such as Ireland and The Netherlands, each focusing on specific industries through expert divisions, including fashion, sports, software solutions, media and entertainment. Each i-CAP company provides the expertise and specialized services to capitalize on the commercial potential of IP rights, and to protect and structure the income of our clients in the most cost effective and efficient way.
In particular, i-CAP engages in IP Portfolio Management, which includes:
It is important for a company to have an overview of the IP rights that are registered and still to be registered. This is particularly
important if, as is often the case, they are not centrally managed but
spread throughout the company without a central overview of its trademarks,
patents, license agreements, domain names and know how. What about similar
trademarks belonging to third parties? Are the rights registered in the name
of the appropriate holder? Are all other IP rights properly protected?
Registration is the basis for the protection of IP rights. We have expertise
on registration procedures in Europe and abroad. In addition, to assist our
clients in managing their IP portfolio efficiently, an online client portal
has been established in which clients have web-enabled access to the current
status of any ongoing matters, expirations, renewals etc. of their IP
Management license portfolio
Monitor licensee contract compliance and performance in the broadest sense.
Because intellectual property is so much a part of global business no
company can afford to ignore the fiscal responsibility these assets impose.
By combining marketing, legal and tax strategies effectively, businesses
will be able to improve results while achieving their IP objectives.
Taxation is a key driver in transactions involving intangible assets and,
while there are certain pitfalls to be avoided, there are also many
opportunities for groups to enhance their cash flow and maximise the
financial return on intellectual property. Careful structuring is therefore
extremely important. Our i-CAP companies are ideally placed to provide IP
portfolio management, and to accommodate international licensing structures.