As intellectual property can be the sole basis from which many firms derive an income, the valuation of a firm for the purposes of acquisition is highly reliant on the rights it holds to IP. There are a number of techniques for valuing IP, as outlined in Chapter 4, so that it may be entered on a firm's balance sheet. Some techniques involve significant economic and technological rationalization whilst others are often little more than a 'guesstimate'. The three broad valuation approaches mentioned in Chapter 4 are described below.
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