In a recent report, analyst Anil Doradla noted that the increasing importance of intellectual property (IP) in shaping the global technological landscape has given rise to a specialized class of companies called nonpracticing entities (NPEs) that focus on monetizing IP assets via licensing, outright sale, or litigation. Once viewed as industry impediments, NPEs are gaining credibility with tier-1 technology original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) as they offer a neutral venue for partnerships and an element of protection against litigation. This industry remains one of the most-underappreciated segments of the technology world by investors, in our view, and over the next several years, we believe the strategic importance, growth potential, and financial models of NPEs will offer profitable investment opportunities. In this report, we identify key trends, growth drivers, and investment highlights that are shaping the IP world and the NPE landscape.
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