In high-tech companies, intellectual property acts as the main asset, therefore, plays a very important role in assessing the value of an enterprise in the market. It is technology companies that are one of the main objects of acquisition and investment transactions in the international market.
Even transactions with companies from non-high-tech sectors, considerable attention is paid to intangible assets, such as patents, and indeed the company's brand, its reputation. In the IT industry, innovative IT solutions are becoming the main resource of small companies.
At the moment, the world is undergoing revolutionary changes in the field of intellectual property related to the digitalization of the economy. At the same time, it should be noted that one of the main conditions for creating an active intellectual property market in the world is the creation of a special depository of the rights offered for sale, the public reliability of the data in which is ensured by a special data verification system, and the rights are re-registered in a simplified manner.
Also, a progressing trend is the move away from material information carriers. Previously, in order to gain access to the object, a prerequisite was access to some tangible medium: a printed document or a flash drive, which, in turn, required a deal. Now, intellectual property is available in the cloud, and the conclusion of the transaction is an increasingly formal procedure.
Also, an important change is the avoidance of the need to describe the technology. Digital models allow the use of these objects immediately in production, respectively, leaving the question of substantive examination of the invention. In addition, if previously the intellectual property object had a specific author, now, with the simplification of any user's access to a huge array of information and knowledge, the fact of co-authorship is becoming more common.
In general, the legal regulation of intellectual property in different countries is quite unified due to the existence of numerous multilateral agreements regarding copyright and related rights or industrial property. Almost all such international agreements impose obligations on participating countries to bring domestic legislation in line with such agreements, which allows them to protect their intellectual property anywhere in the world.