M&A: Big fish, small pond?


M&A: Big fish, small pond?

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As mergers and acquisitions in the IP service providers field retain their momentum, the question needs to be asked, might consolidation damage the industry? WIPR investigates.

The big players in the IP services industry are getting bigger, with myriad merger and acquisition (M&A) deals being announced over the past year.  

“CPA Global, the IP management company, continues to neutralise competitors by buying them,” says Jayne Nation, commercial director in the Cheltenham office of Wynne-Jones.

In October last year, CPA acquired the management business of Clarivate Analytics, just months after swallowing up market insight tool Filing Analytics and patent alert tool Citation Eagle.

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