Why you should secure Intellectual Property

You can't kick it, see it or put it in a shop window but for some businesses Intellectual Property ("IP") is the most valuable asset that it has. It can be sold, stolen, transferred, used as security for loans and used to pay creditors on insolvency, like any other asset. Yet how many businesses take the time to ensure that this asset is secure, being kept in the right place and its value maximised?