With a new angle on monetizing intellectual property, IP Innovations Financial Services recently scored $28 million in start-up capital from Principal Financial Group, for the purpose of guaranteeing loans secured by IP assets.

IPI intends to line up trades - generally between middle-market lenders, as well as banks, and borrowers with substantial value in IP assets that the lending community doesn't generally consider eligible collateral for secured loans. IPI, however, has worked toward legally isolating the intellectual property such that, in the event of a default, the firm can seize the assets while making the lender whole.

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