In recent years, we have seen a spike of intellectual property hijacking, as well as identity theft. It is so easy to give out our information on the internet, that we often don’t realize that what we are doing can put us in danger in the future. These events have become so common, that we are seeing more and more companies emerging to fulfill the need to sell people’s information for both reasons, to keep it safe and protected, and in some cases, for the opposite of this. In this article, we will be discussing the idea of IP Trading, as well as other ways in which intellectual property is used and how you can protect it online.

Internet Protocol (IP) Brokering

IP brokering, short for “intellectual property” brokering, is just like real estate brokering or any other type or broker. An IP broker is often a company who facilitates the sale for assets of intellectual property such as licenses, software, passwords, patents, etc.

Another meaning of the word IP, and the focus of this article, is the internet protocol address. When speaking of IPv4, we are talking about the fourth version of this protocol. Just like Apple updates its software, the internet as a whole, updates its internet protocol. This allows for new, faster websites, and an enhanced internet experience.

IPv4 was divided into two parts to serve the network and the host. Every computer, laptop, internet router, cell phone, or other device that uses the internet, will have its own unique IP address. This is a way for the internet to know where a signal is coming from and how to best relay information to and from that device. For example, when you go into your laptop or computer settings to check the internet connectivity, you will see an IP address with numbers like 192.88.99.0/24. This is similar to the way we use our own home address. If we want mail delivered, the mailman must know where the address is located and what mail is being delivered.

An ipv4 transfer will happen either from an ARIN, RIPE, or APNIC region, which is similar to when you move houses to another state and have to update your ID card, driver’s license, etc. because the new town has different laws. When doing this, you need an IP broker to facilitate the transfer, because, let’s face it, not all of us are geniuses.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we have written this article to briefly explain what an IP broker does. Similar to real estate brokers, these companies facilitate the purchase and sale of IP addresses. We also mentioned a different type of IP broker, the intellectual property broker who facilitates the sale and purchase of intellectual property. It is easy to confuse the two, hence why we explained them separately. A transfer of IPv4 is facilitated by an IP broker professional. We hope this article provided the information you needed, and for more go here.