Anaqua (company)

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Anaqua is a Boston, MA based provider of intellectual asset management (IAM) and SaaS software and services.[1][2][3][4][5] Anaqua’s Enterprise IAM solution supports the full IA lifecycle[unbalanced opinion] from idea to monetization for all IA categories, including inventions, patents, trade secrets, brands and trademarks.[6][7][8][9][10] Anaqua Express is designed for smaller IP teams.[9][10] Anaqua Element is a quick start,[unbalanced opinion] cloud-based solution for IP professionals managing small portfolios.[6][9] Anaqua Essential helps law firms manage intellectual assets on behalf of clients.[10][11][12]


Anaqua was formed in 2004 and bought by Beacon Equity Partners in 2005.[13] In 2006, Anaqua received $4 million from Northstar Global Partners, which they used to relocate headquarters from London to Boston and hire more staff.[6][14] In 2010 Anaqua merged with SGA2, an ISO 9000-certified supplier of global patent annuity and trademark renewal services.[10][15] In 2013, Beacon Equity Partners sold Anaqua to Insight Venture Partners.[3][4][6][13][16]

Priya Iyer joined Anaqua as the chief operating officer in 2005 and was promoted to CEO in 2007.[17][18][19] Iyer has bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.[17][18][19] Before joining Anaqua, Iyer was head of operations at Steelpoint Technologies, managing partner at, and held senior positions at Bell Labs and Foxboro Systems.[18][19]


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  2. ^ "A New Economy Means A New Kind Of Theft — And A New IIT Degree To Prevent It". Chicago Grid. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
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  7. ^ "IP, Veteran, Ralph Schroeder, Joins Anaqua Management Team". 2007-02-15. 
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  9. ^ a b c "Intellectual Asset Management Solutions". TechSling. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  10. ^ a b c d "MGI Deploys Anaqua Essential". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  11. ^ "BVP invests in Anaqua to fund the future of IP management". Bessemer Venture Partners. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "IP software firm Anaqua raises $25M from Bessemer". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Anaqua sold off to Insight Venture Partners". Venture Capital Post. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  14. ^ Lisa va der Pool (2006-02-20). "Software maker Anaqua arrives in Hub with$4M". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
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  16. ^ Jonathan Shieber (2013-07-17). "Anaqua Lands $100M From Insight Venture Partners". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  17. ^ a b "Meet alumni". MIT Sloan Management. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  18. ^ a b c "EmTech08 Speakers". Technology Review. 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  19. ^ a b c "Priya Iyer". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 

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