MarkMonitor changing hands in a $3.55 billion dollar deal

MarkMonitor owner Thomson Reuters is to sell off its IP division (which includes the brand-protection registrar) to private equity in a supposed $3.55 billion all-cash deal.

The company said it will sell off its Intellectual Property & Science business Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia.

MarkMonitor is of course a small part of that division. It also includes its Web of Science, Thomson CompuMark, Thomson Innovation, MarkMonitor, Thomson Reuters Cortellis and Thomson IP Manager services.

The unit reportedly has 4,000 employees and $1 billion in annual revenue.

Thomson Reuters said it will use $1 billion of the sale price to buy back shares and the rest to pay off debts.