We measure damages resulting from violations of intellectual property, providing expert testimony and written analysis that is supported by rigorous economic models.

About Us

Concept2Company (C2C) Patents is a boutique economic and financial consulting firm spun out of Stanford University. It helps North America’s top law firms, Fortune 1000 corporations, and financial institutions address commercial intellectual property issues.

C2C Patents supports clients with analysis at the earliest stages of an IP dispute. We help to establish the economic value of features within complex technology products, guide lawyers in the discovery of that value, and provide expert testimony and written analysis during commercial IP litigation and regulatory proceedings.

Why C2C Patents?

For attorneys and their clients, finding qualified damages experts is often a random process of seeking referrals and figuring out whom they can trust.

Conceived at Stanford University by faculty members with experience in economics, patents, and finance, C2C Patents brings industry-specific expertise in producing financial models to measure damages in intellectual property disputes. We are adept at explaining complex evaluations to non-experts.

What C2C Patents does

C2C Patents gets involved with clients far earlier than other consulting firms. Often, a Case Management Order has been issued, but no Discovery has occurred. We work with plaintiffs as well as defendants in intellectual property disputes. We help attorneys and corporate clients evaluate economic claims related to intellectual property.

  • Review patent and intellectual property at issue

  • Develop relevant valuation methodologies to guide pretrial discovery

  • Find substitute technologies available to engineers and help identify qualified technical experts

  • Produce economic models that measure damages resulting from alleged wrongful conduct

  • Provide sworn testimony and written analysis

After the attorneys and C2C Patents agree to move forward, C2C Patents assists attorneys with various phases of litigation, including the development and review of pretrial discovery and the creation of economic and financial models to analyze damages. We deliver high-quality, independent, and objective evaluations of the financial and economic impact resulting from alleged wrongful conduct. Our extensive real-world experience allows us to reach reliable conclusions on complex issues emanating from a broad array of causes of action. And we do all this in a cost-efficient manner.

We provide litigation support and expert testimony both in the courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

The principals at C2C Patents have experience in building licensing programs, buying intellectual property, and valuing private venture capital-funded companies in the following technology areas:

Software

  • Consumer software
  • Online advertising
  • Financial services
  • Enterprise applications
  • Databases
  • Social Networking software
  • Gaming software

Hardware

  • 3G/4G handsets
  • Semiconductors
  • Automotive technologies
  • Consumer Electronics

Life Sciences

  • Medical devices
  • Healthcare software and services

C2C Patents works with technical experts to establish the economic value of technology features within complex products and guides lawyers in the discovery of that value.

C2C Patents also assists clients with the valuation, transfer, and structuring of intellectual property portfolios in non-litigation business settings such as bankruptcy.

We measure all aspects of the financial and economic remedies available to intellectual property owners, including:

  • Reasonable royalty
    and apportionment

  • Price
    erosion

  • Damages from
    lost profits

  • Unjust
    enrichment

Experts at C2C Patents have extensive experience in:

  • Measuring the value of venture capital-funded companies;
  • Buying patent portfolios for operating companies;
  • Building licensing programs for non-practicing entities such as Intellectual Ventures, and
  • Licensing intellectual property from universities and research laboratories

C2C Patents applies traditional damages methodologies to case-specific facts.

We provide written analysis and sworn testimony in intellectual property disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, bankruptcy, issues related to Standard Essential Patents, and patent portfolio valuation opinions.

We have advised clients on matters in U.S. state and federal courts; international courts; arbitration; and at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

A new model

  • We produce expert testimony and analysis that is accurate and defensible.

    Experts at C2C Patents apply standard economic models to value intellectual property using case-specific facts. We can support our testimony and our analysis with our deep, extensive experience in IP transactions.

  • We have purchased patent portfolios on behalf of large non-practicing entities such as Intellectual Ventures.

    Experts at C2C Patents have built operating licensing programs based on detailed models of damages in a variety of technology areas. We have purchased intellectual property from universities and licensed them to operating companies.

  • We know how to measure the value of venture capital-funded companies.

    Experts at C2C Patents have invested seed capital in new technology companies that have raised more than $280 million in follow-on venture capital since 1997. We are experienced at measuring the value of pre-revenue companies and evaluating technologies before product launch.

  • We are comfortable explaining complex intellectual property matters in simple terms.

    Experts at C2C Patents have taught survey courses at leading universities and published business case studies for non-technical audiences.

C2C Patents is committed to creating rigorous economic analysis of intellectual property assets and delivering credible, defensible testimony that is supported by compelling real-world experience.

Managing Partner

Micah Siegel, Ph.D.

Managing Director

B.S. Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude); Ph.D. California Institute of Technology; CPVA

Micah joined the Stanford University faculty in 2006 as a Consulting Associate Professor. His research interests include the economics of intellectual property licensing, private technology company valuation and damages associated with IP infringement. He provides expert testimony and analysis for economic issues that arise in complex intellectual property litigation and licensing.

Micah has 15 years of experience in building licensing programs for non-practicing entities, measuring the value of early-stage technologies, buying patent portfolios, and licensing intellectual property from universities and research laboratories on behalf of operating companies.

From 2010-2013, Micah worked with Intellectual Ventures, a large investment fund family (total capital > $5B) dedicated to patents (over 30,000 patents and applications) to develop patent valuation models, determine reasonable royalty rates, buy patent portfolios, and evaluate licensing revenue worldwide. He is no longer affiliated with Intellectual Ventures.

At Stanford Micah has taught survey courses explaining the Economics of Licensing, Market Estimation, IP Damages, Economics of Product Development, Valuation of Early-Stage Technologies, and Venture Finance. According to student surveys, his courses are consistently among the most popular graduate courses at Stanford.

Since 2002, Micah has been retained for analysis and sworn testimony in intellectual property disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, bankruptcy, valuation of Standard-Essential patents, and patent portfolio valuation opinions. He is experienced at applying traditional damages methodologies to case-specific facts in industries such as semiconductors (digital and analog), 3G/4G handsets, medical devices, healthcare software and services, automotive, biotech tools and reagents, consumer software, online advertising, financial services, enterprise application software (SaaS and packaged software), databases, and consumer electronics.

Micah invests in early-stage technologies as Managing Director of a private venture capital fund, C2C Ventures, and as an individual angel investor based in Silicon Valley. His seed-stage investments include BioImagene (spun out of UCLA in 2003, acquired in 2010 by Roche for $100 million in cash), Stack Overflow (spun out of Fog Creek Software in 2010), Hadapt (spun out of Yale in 2011, acquired in 2014 by Teradata), Judicata (spun out of Stanford in 2012), Cellular Research, Inc. (spun out of Stanford in 2013, acquired in 2015 by Becton, Dickinson for $120 million in cash), and C2C Patents (spun out of Stanford in 2012). Through C2C Ventures, he was a board member of Affinity Circles (spun out of Stanford in 2002, license acquired in 2006 by Google), Adapt Technologies (spun out of Caltech in 2004, acquired in 2008 by Webvisible, now a subsidiary of The Berry Company), and an IP litigation partnership (2004, exited successfully in 2006). These companies have raised more than $70 million in seed-stage venture capital.

Micah was recognized in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine as one of the world’s 250 “Leading IP Strategists” (“IAM 250“) and in 2003 by MIT Technology Review magazine as “one of the top 100 innovators of the world” (“TR100 List“). He is a Member of the American Economics Association and the Licensing Executives Society, and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association. He is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA). He graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and received a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

He can be reached at msiegel@c2cpatents.com and on twitter

supporting team

C2C Patents is supported by staff consultants at leading economic consulting firms such as Cornerstone Research and NERA Economic Consulting. We choose our support teams on a case-by-case basis, and as carefully as our clients choose C2C Patents. Our support teams contribute their expertise in economics, finance, accounting, and marketing, as well as business acumen, familiarity with the litigation process, and commitment to produce outstanding results.

Our Partners

Representative Cases

InterDigital vs. ZTE
Int'l Trade Commission Docket No. 337-TA-868, Valuation of Standard Essential Patents, Damages Analysis, FRAND licensing, 3G/4G Handsets.
Lincoln Nat’l Life vs. Jackson Nat’l Life
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Case No. 1-07-cv-00265, Patent Infringement, Damages Analysis, Financial Products.
Summit 6 vs. Apple
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Case No. 7-14-cv-00106, Patent Infringement, Damages Analysis, Online Image Processing Software.
Dolby vs. ArcSoft
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. 1-12-cv-230794, Breach of Contract, Software Licensing Practices, Damages Analysis, Media Encoders.
Adaptix vs. AT&T
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 6-12-cv-00019, Patent Infringement, Damages Analysis, Communication Systems.
Nortel Networks Bankruptcy
Court Monitor for Canadian Debtors, Ontario Bankruptcy Court, Case No. 09-CL-7950, Damages Analysis, Patent Portfolio Valuation, Communication Systems.
Kallout vs. Microsoft
Pre-litigation, Theft of Trade Secrets, Patent Infringement, Damages Analysis, Consumer Software.
HealthTrio vs. Aetna
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, Case No. 1-12-cv-03229, Patent Infringement,, Damages Analysis, Electronic Medical Records.
Affinity vs. Google
Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, Case No. 1-04-CV-020368, Theft of Trade Secrets, Damages Analysis, Social Networking Software.

Contact Us

650.614.5010

info@c2cpatents.com

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