Below is our recent interview with Lavinia Meliti, Global Head of Business Development at IPwe:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: IPwe was founded in 2018 by Erich Spangenberg and focuses on IP licensing and acquisition in several specialized technology industries through Smart Pools. With operations in Europe, China, and the United States, the company was founded to integrate the intellectual property ecosystem with proprietary AI and blockchain technologies. As a result of IPwe’s offerings, a competitive market has emerged where digital IP assets can be readily purchased and traded.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: Traditionally, SMEs were unable to obtain one-to-one patent licensing because transacting in the traditional IP marketplace is complex, labor-intensive, and mostly restricted to those with access to an experienced and costly legal counsel. More than 300 members joining IPwe’s Smart Pools in less than four months indicate unparalleled development in the IP space.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: Smarts Pools are a cost-effective approach for SMEs and start-ups innovating in emerging technologies, to expedite technology licensing that is traditionally done on a bespoke and non-transparent basis. The Smart Pool workflow is straightforward: Founders, who are pioneers in niche technologies, provide licensing rights to the pool for their chosen patents, and Members join and are free to build on these key innovations to further enhance adoption and greater economic opportunity.
IPwe’s Blockchain Smart Pool, for example, has over 1,250 assets contributed by nChain and 128 members who can freely innovate with any or all of nChain’s licenses. It takes less than two minutes to join any IPwe Smart Pool, and participation is free for SMEs with annual revenue of up to $1 million.
Q: What can we expect from your company in the next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: Our mission at IPwe is to support innovation in emerging technologies, with already five established Smart Pools in blockchain, digital link, ESG, LiDAR, and metaverse technologies.
We believe that rather than being locked up in patents, key technologies should be made publicly available to all. IPwe has been at the vanguard of what it means to unleash innovation through our Smart Pools, and we want to expand our Smart Pool offering in the coming months to unlock innovation in even more technology areas.
We decide which industries to grow into depending on market demand, which we gather through our crowd intelligence tool, which allows anyone to indicate interest in Smart Pool campaigns before the Smart Pool’s official launch.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: IPwe data is our hidden gem that truly unlocks innovation. The IPwe Platform facilitates our proprietary artificial intelligence and blockchain technology that unifies the IP ecosystem through our years of aggregated patent data. This gives us an advantage over the market as our data is impossible to copy or recreate without the same time, investment, and experience as data models for the IPwe Platform have been established over 14 years, assimilating proprietary data that is only visible to us and our CEO.