The structured finance market represents a world of entrepreneurship, churning out new asset classes since the 1980s. Yet a newly minted patent from the United States Patent Office sheds light on how that innovation may soon be affected, should market participants owe a fee for using patented methodologies for securitizations.

Patent No. 6,654,727 was awarded on Nov. 25, 2003 for a method of securitizing a portfolio of at least 30% distressed commercial loans, according to government documents.

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