Leading international IP firm Rouse has formed a strategic alliance with ­consultancy Iceberg Transactions to ramp up its non-contentious IP ­transaction capability.

The two entities will join together on client pitches and to offer advice, with ­Iceberg working on deals involving IP portfolios, such as patent acquisitions and using IP as collateral for loans.

Ben Goodger, head of global IP commercialisation at Rouse, said: “The strategic alliance with Iceberg will enable us to provide our clients with a holistic ­offering that goes beyond delivering services around protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights worldwide.”

Last year Rouse bulked up its litigation capability with the hire of Allen & Overy partner Catriona Smith.