By Linda Tancs

Licensing intellectual property is only one way to realize the value of your investments.  Don’t neglect the possibility of collateralizing this property in asset-based financing.  Most borrowers only think in terms of tangible assets–those that can literally be thrown across a room.  Consider the value of your trademarks, copyrights and patents the next time you sit down with your banker.  Any of these properties that already generate royalties can be securitized or turned into cash.  Research major lending institutions or specialty lenders that recognize the value attributable to intangibles the next time you seek financing for your business.