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Strategic patent intelligence

Cipher eliminates the inefficient manual tagging and sorting of patent data by using supervised machine learning.

Cipher quickly delivers trusted and reliable patent intelligence, giving you more time to make strategic human decisions.

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Recent highlights

From reports to case studies to podcasts, we’re regularly offering industry insights and providing quality content for IP and patent professionals.

Patent value

Cipher has written an article for IAM around valuing patents when they are not part of any transaction but ‘In situ’.   Register for the full report (due 17 August 2022).
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Life Sciences top patent publishing list

Life Sciences is a clear leader out of all of the patent categories tracked to chart the pace of innovation. This was one of the lead findings in Cipher’s recent global report.
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Standard Essential Patents

Episode 7 in Season 2 of the Cipher Vision Podcast series features Lew Zaretzki, who shared with us his thoughts and experiences with SEPs, discussing what the current environment looks like, and how they can create less friction and more productive IP efficiency.
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A global view of innovation

This Cipher report provides a breakdown of the world’s inventions and activity into individual technology sectors.
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Electric Vehicles

Less than 1% of all cars on the road are electric vehicles, despite the global drive for a sustainable future. Which companies are investing into this area to increase EV market share?
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Law firms

Cipher’s benefits for law firms which work on patent-related projects. Download a sample ‘Patent Due Diligence for Corporate Transactions’ report.
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Return on Investment of Patent Portfolios

$40 billion is spent on patents each year, but how do you determine the value those assets are bringing to your organisation? The data, the tools and the model for calculating ROI are ready to be used. Perhaps it’s time to pull back the curtain.
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“I’m delighted how we’ve implemented Cipher. We’ve reduced 10-year expenses by nearly half by moving from a system where filings were based on headcount growth, to one where we systematically identify weakness in our portfolio, and file where necessary to ensure our patent ‘wall’ is maintained.” Rob Calico, Vice President IP and Litigation, ARM

“Because Cipher is an automated platform that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence, it is able to uncover companies of relevance, that we might never have discovered on our own.” Jared Engstrom, Head of Patent Development, Red Hat

“Cipher has been world class for us. It’s easy to use and it provides very powerful visual representations of what we own and importantly what our competitors have.” Dr Bobby Mukherjee, Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, BAE Systems plc

“Our issue was how to fit other companies’ portfolios into that same framework that we use and there’s just no other tool other than Cipher that can do that.” Bob Pechman, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Seagate Technology

“As a leading technology company we need instant answers to who’s doing what. Cipher helps us navigate complex patent landscapes.” Lucy Wojcik, Head of IP, Ocado

With Cipher you can…

Portfolio Optimisation connecting cogs

Optimise your portfolio

Ensure you have the right portfolio to meet your strategic patenting objectives.

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Competitive Intelligence

Gather competitor intelligence

Understand who’s doing what by automating patent to technology mapping.

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Cross Licensing

Model cross licensing

Combine patent and revenue data to determine rational licensing outcomes.

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Manage your budget

Justify patent budgets and communicate the impact of your investment.

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Conduct due diligence

Automate manual reviews for efficient execution of M&A and licensing transactions.

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Tackle inbound patent assertion

Be prepared with evidence to create a fast and effective threat assessment.

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Benchmark your portfolio

Assess your portfolio in comparison to other owners through your technology lens.

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Monetise your portfolio

Identify opportunities to create value through licensing or sale of patent assets.

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Predict technology trends

Track new technologies and discover the unknown owners of future innovation.

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Risk Mitigation

Create Risk Mitigation Strategies

Understand the materiality of your threats to define your risk mitigation strategy.

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Case studies

CFC Underwriting on being data led to accurately assess IP insurance risk

Maddi Brown, Intellectual Property Practice Leader at CFC Underwriting Ltd, shares how Cipher has helped to understand and quantify IP insurance risk.
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Seagate on keeping up with technology changes

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate, Bob Pechman explains the pressures of supporting the business during a period of rapid technological change and how Cipher helps see the patent landscape through Seagate’s own technology lens.
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Centrica on the value of Cipher

Charles Clark, Director of Intellectual Property at Centrica, discusses the efficiency gains from using Cipher and the tasty bits of data gleaned from using Cipher’s AI over conventional search.
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Richardson Oliver Insights on the challenges of IP Teams

COO of Richardson Oliver Insights, Erik Oliver, talks about the challenges faced by IP teams with managing high value portfolios and the increased demand for both better data and better ways to communicate the value of patents.
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Red Hat on using the Cipher Optimisation Model

Jared Engstrom, Head of Patent Development, talks about the growth in Red Hat’s portfolio, how he has used Cipher’s custom classifiers and how the Cipher Optimisation model has improved their understanding of the competitive landscape.
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ARM on classifiers and managing patent budgets

Rob Calico, VP Litigation and IP, discusses the challenges of managing a sophisticated portfolio in a fast-moving technology environment, and how Cipher has helped them manage their patenting strategy and budgets.
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Why Cipher

Trained by humans, built by machine to give you independently verified accuracy

“Cipher’s classifiers enable you to understand the patent landscape or analyze a portfolio. Combining expertise in both IP and data science, Cipher provides you with solutions to the strategic problems patent owners face, with quick and accurate results.” Erik Oliver, Richardson Oliver Insights

Why Cipher

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Fast and reliable charging options are crucialfor #electricvehicles. This is due to the efforts of notable players (@ToyotaMotorCorp @Kia @Hyundai) in the battery technology arena. Access our full report: https://t.co/AhHiXwGvr5 #patentanalysis https://t.co/F7PpGVdHsf
Which #BigTech companies are transforming the modern day factory? Which companies leverage #AI to become more efficient? What can the patent landscape tell us about future activity? Our Industrial Digital Transformation report has the answers: https://t.co/dwDkHBdt6J #patentdata https://t.co/mljcankGut
Standard Essential Patents are the subject of our latest #CipherVision podcast. Hear an excerpt now: https://t.co/DhMXabtJ6x via @YouTube #businesspodcast #patent
Our latest #CipherVision podcast features Lew Zaretzki, Managing Director of Hamilton IPV. Hear a snippet of ‘Standard Essential Patents’: https://t.co/ISAeGoCx4O #intellectualproperty #businesspodcast https://t.co/lyfLQPz5BZ
Those interested in which areas of #lifesciences are creating new inventions at a faster rate than others should take a look at our #newtech snapshot. Our Universal Technology Taxonomy tool analysed over seven million patents: https://t.co/SgosfCze8q https://t.co/m3MuQZjGLz
@IFIClaims Many thanks for giving us the opportunity! 🙂 For those interested in our Universal Technology Taxonomy the details are here: https://t.co/USQ6r065dN
How many #patents are enough? It’s a perennial question, and one which prompted a long-form Cipher article aimed at those looking to optimise a patent portfolio but aren’t sure where to start: https://t.co/mKddXHDAdx https://t.co/vZB0Gq502z
RT @IFIClaims: Objectively defining global technology areas is now possible with @cipher_ai’s newest tool the UTT. We interviewed Cipher’s…
Who’s developing fast and reliable charging options for #electricvehicles? Big players such as @ToyotaMotorCorp @Kia and @Hyundai, we found. Full report: https://t.co/omuwVMfikx #patentanalysis #batterytechnology https://t.co/TwZru0uQ92
Airbags, doors, hinges, and furniture are examples of where major automotive firms such as @Toyota, @Hyundai and @VW are developing new patents. Learn more in our A Global View of Innovation snapshot: https://t.co/33rjcfBYVt #cartech #patentanalysis https://t.co/ZKieRVEEqz

FAQs

What is strategic patent intelligence?

Strategic patent intelligence is Cipher’s ‘why’.  We’ve optimised Cipher’s analysis of patent data to the teams responsible for making strategic patent decisions. Strategic patent intelligence is not only trusted, objective and repeatable, it is actionable.

How to align IP strategy with business strategy?

Communication is critical to aligning your IP strategy to business strategy and any patent strategy you develop too. Many organisations establish an IP steering group with representatives from across the business, with senior stakeholders reporting directly to the board, typically quarterly.

How does Cipher use Machine Learning in its solution?

Cipher has developed proprietary machine learning (ML) across the platform. It uses unsupervised machine learning for clustering and similarity (company analysis) and supervised machine learning for its patent to technology classification. Learn about how Cipher classifies patent data into technology areas using Machine Learning.

What other use cases are there for strategic patent intelligence?

Cipher also helps with due diligence, cross-licensing, pruning, litigation risk assessment and scouting. We also have specific SEP reports in areas such as HEVC. For more information contact us.

Why is Cipher different to patent search software?

Cipher delivers its analysis for strategic decision making without manual intervention. Conventional patent search is designed for technical patent filing and FTO work. Patent search is typically rules-based e.g. Boolean (key words and codes) requiring expert intervention to clean and normalise the data.

How does Cipher help with M&A transactions?

Cipher CEO, Nigel Swycher was a leading IP lawyer in London for over 20 years focussing on the IP aspects of major corporate transactions. The first use case for Cipher was due diligence.

Is Cipher only for patent experts?

No, Cipher is for everyone who makes strategic patent decisions.  The user experience and visualisations have been tuned with input from patent leaders to be intuitive and engaging. No patent search experience is required. Knowledge of Boolean strings is a thing of the past.

What datasets are aggregated in Cipher?

Cipher includes global patent data from over 100 patent offices. Cipher also includes patent litigation data (including NPEs), cost data and best in class patent corporate tree.

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