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CPA Global Acquires Leading Patent Services Provider Landon IP

SYDNEY, Australia, August 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Further strengthens search and analytics capabilities to meet increasing demand from clients around the world 

CPA Global, the world's leading specialist in intellectual property (IP) software and services, today announced the acquisition of international patent services provider Landon IP for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition further strengthens CPA Global's patent search and analytics capabilities, while providing Landon IP with access to a larger worldwide network.

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Landon IP is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, close to CPA Global's US headquarters and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It also has offices in Detroit, Michigan, as well as internationally, in London, Shanghai and New Delhi. Landon IP was previously wholly owned by the Company's Chief Executive Officer, David Hunt, and other Hunt family interests. Hunt and fellow members of Landon IP's management team will continue in their current roles.

The primary services that Landon IP offers are:

  • Patent search - Patent searches for corporates, law firms, universities, and inventors to provide them with a more informed view on such issues as patentability, infringement, freedom to operate, state of the art and validity.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)search -  Execution of Chapter I PCT International Search Reports under long-term contract to the USPTO.
  • Patent analytics - Complex patent analysis - including patent landscape studies, patent mapping and portfolio reviews - to support decision-making around patent strategy, research and development, patent valuations, and licensing or sale of patents.
  • Intellectual Property information retrieval and legal support - Professional information retrieval, IP data collection searches and monitoring, and dissemination of worldwide value-added patent file histories through its proprietary Patent Workbench® tool.
  • Patent law education - Introductory and advanced patent law courses and educational programmes for patent professionals through its Patent Resources Group subsidiary.

Following the acquisition, Landon IP will operate as a standalone entity and will continue to serve clients in the same manner as previously. CPA Global's management teams will work with Hunt and his team to expand Landon IP's geographic reach and help promote the Company's specialist skills to a broader range of clients worldwide.

CPA Global's Chief Executive Officer, Tim Griffiths, said: "As companies across the world increasingly seek to align the management of their Intellectual Property assets with their broader business objectives, we are seeing greater demand for patent search and analytics services to help inform strategic decision-making. Landon IP is a leader in this area and we are delighted to be working with them to deliver world-class patent services."

Commented Hunt: "Under CPA Global's ownership, Landon IP looks forward to accelerating our growth ambitions, while continuing to provide clients with the same exceptionally high quality of service they have come to expect from us."

About CPA Global  

CPA Global is the world's leading intellectual property (IP) management and IP software specialist, and an international provider of outsourced legal services. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world's best known corporations and law firms with a range of IP and broader legal services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity, and realise greater value for their businesses and IP assets.

CPA Global helps corporates and law firms in managing valuable IP rights, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximise value. Working closely with its clients, CPA Global ensures they have the best information on which to base IP decisions, and the best support in terms of helping implement those decisions.

Services include the development and implementation of IP software management solutions; patent portfolio optimisation; patent search and analytics; patent and trademark renewals; as well as other IP support services such as docketing, trademark watching and domains management. CPA Global is also a leading player in the outsourced legal services sector, providing high quality and cost-efficient legal support services such as transaction support, contract management, anti-bribery and compliance, and legal research through global delivery centres in the US, Europe and India.

Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, CPA Global today employs more than 1,800 people, serving clients' needs in 200 jurisdictions through its own offices and an extensive agent network. CPA Global's diverse client list ranges from major global corporations, headquartered in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, to small and medium-sized enterprises and innovation start-ups; and from top international law firms to national and regional law and IP firms. For further information, please visit: http://www.cpaglobal.com.

About Landon IP 

Landon IP is a leading global provider of professional support services throughout the IP lifecycle. Services include patent and trademark searching; non-patent literature searching; in-depth technical analysis; and global information retrieval. The Company is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, near the offices of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with other offices in Detroit, Michigan, the UK (London), China (Shanghai) and India (New Delhi).

In 2006, Landon IP was awarded a contract to conduct PCT patent searches for the USPTO in the fields of mechanical engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and electrical communications. Landon IP's relationship with the USPTO was extended and expanded in 2012 with the award of a new contract to perform PCT searches across all of the USPTO's technology areas.

The Company that is today Landon IP traces its history back to 1949 when a predecessor to the present company was founded in the US. For further information, please visit: http://www.landon-ip.com

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