Don Fancher, principal in the Deloitte Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Services
The financial downturn of 2008 had ramifications across the business landscape, including creating a downturn in mergers and acquisitions. But, as businesses adjusted to the new paradigm, companies began to see just how important intellectual property was to their bottom lines. And Don Fancher, principal in the Deloitte Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Services, LLP, sees IP as playing an increasingly important role in M&A transactions.
“As technology gets more advanced and more specialized, it becomes more difficult for companies to do all the research they need to meet the market,” Fancher says. And, as companies move into new markets, they find it wise to invest in a wide array of technologies. These companies are, more then ever, looking externally and seeing IP as a way either to block a competitor or to allow themselves to be a disruptor in the market.