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Founded in 1998 by seasoned licensing executives from Fortune 100 companies, FPI works closely with organizations
from Cleveland and throughout the world.

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FIRST PRINCIPALS, INC (FPI) is a full-service technology transfer firm. FPI specializes in licensing, commercialization, and valuation of intellectual property. We leverage our extensive network of contacts and sophisticated systems and tools to provide a range of technology assessment and proactive technology marketing programs, customized to meet each client’s objectives. Clients include large corporations and startup companies, universities, non-profit organizations, and other research institutions. FPI’s approach is focused to maximize the value of clients’ intellectual property by:

  • Assessing the potential of a technology relative to its total competitive environment
  • Extracting revenue from under-performing patents and identifying non-core applications
  • Establishing beneficial collaborations leading to growth, divestiture, and/or new funding

Founded in 1998 by seasoned licensing executives  from Fortune 100 companies, FPI works closely with organizations from Cleveland and throughout the world. Examples of clients include:

  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • IBM
  • Matsushita
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • National AIST (Japan)
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • University of Rochester
  • DuPont
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Lucent
  • Welch Allyn

    • Engineered a seven-figure patent sale in the field of Surgical Robotics and a sale of printed circuit board technology patents was engineered for one of the world’s biggest computer companies.

    • Implemented  a revenue generation initiative involving "patent mining" and commercialization on behalf of a telecommunications technology giant

    • Assessed a portfolio of 425 semiconductor-related patents of $2 billion telecom client to identify highly-licensable patents and $1M in savings in patent renewal fees.

    • Orchestrated development funding for a novel anti-cancer drug: a NY-based venture capital firm committed more than $10 million to fund research and acquire the clinical research company that discovered the drug.

    At First Principals, we appreciate the value of teamwork. Our partnerships with companies both in the US and abroad provide allow us to provide you with world-class, worldwide service.

    • ANGLE Technology Ltd. – primarily involved in developing technology policies, managing technology parks, and lending commercialization assistance in the US and UK.

    • 5iTech - partners with former Soviet Scientists to bring advanced novel technologies to US commercial markets by creating new companies, providing access to capital and management, and launching their products into the market.

    • 5iPrincipals Group, LLC - in partnership with 5iTech, provides access to the full range of technology transfer services from evaluation to licensing to startup. Provides foreign companies with Turnkey Access to US markets.

    • Platinum Insight (Asia) Co. Ltd. - PIACL is a technology management consultancy that delivers IP management, technology transfer, and commercialization capability in China and Hong Kong.

    • IMAP (International Merger and Acquisition Professionals) assists clients with the sale of mid-size companies and provides access to strategically oriented buyers and sellers, as well as alternative sources of financing to its members. 

    For more information, contact us by phone, fax, or e-mail.


    First Principals, Inc.   1768 East 25th Street  Cleveland, Ohio 44114   216.881.8520 phone   216.881.8522 fax   Email: info@firstprincipals.com

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