Briefing papers

Books and Publications, IP strategy

Equine dentition – Addressing the problem of ongoing IP disputes in a merger

Colm MacKernan


“Don’t be so silly,” said my aunt (the horsy one) after I
dropped the well-known cliché “You shouldn’t look a
gift-horse in the mouth.” “There is no such thing as
gift-horse, all horses come with trouble and expense, and if
it’s sick the vet’s bills can bankrupt you.”

In the same way a large proportion of technology companies will, if acquired, come with a whole stable of potentially ruinous horses (or at least a small paddock), in the form of ongoing intellectual property litigation or threatened disputes.