AST Members enjoy access to fAST IP, the most comprehensive database of patent assets for sale in the world. Containing over 125,000 assets, each categorized by technology and product impact, and over 30,000 supporting documents, this tool can allow an operating company to quickly and efficiently triage patents for sale and determine which ones may be of interest. Because AST puts no restrictions on the use of this information, Members may source patents for their own purchase, or through a cooperative AST bid.
The current AST Members are from Europe, North America and Asia. Members are in Information Technology, Semiconductors, Consumer Electronics, Social Networking, Communications (both wired and wireless), Medical Information Systems, Lighting and LED applications, Automotive and other high tech areas. Among the AST Members are Avaya, Ford, Google, Honda, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Philips, and Sony.
When a low cost defensive license is desired, AST puts together buying consortiums. Each Member makes their own decision about whether to join and how much a defensive license is worth to them. Licenses, once granted, are fully vested and remain with the licensee even if they leave AST.
Other benefits of AST Membership include access to comprehensive analytic data on litigations and reassignments, and networking events among Members.
A copy of our Participation Agreement may be found by clicking here.
If you are an operating company and are interested in learning more about AST Membership, please fill out the membership query form below.