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What we do

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, which gives you more time for the strategic decisions that only us, as humans, can make.

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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.

Managing PAE Patent Risk

Episode 6 in Season 2 of the Cipher Vision Podcast series features Ken Seddon, CEO of LOT Network. Ken discussed the threat that PAE companies pose to innovation, as well as the role that operating companies have in taking positive, collaborative steps to ensure a sound patent strategy.
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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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LOT Network offers Cipher access to members 

LOT Network announces access to Cipher and the Universal Technology Taxonomy for all LOT patent owning members.
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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

Cipher on Twitter

We had a level of interest following our webinars last week showcasing Cipher Certified. But what is it exactly? (Clue: you can build your own classifiers). And did you know that training from Cipher experts is included? https://t.co/MKmeOqakNJ #patentanalysis #patentdata https://t.co/YbWuBNdFBc
Listen to a 30-second snippet of our latest podcast – our guest was Ken Seddon, CEO of @TheLOTNET. https://t.co/YmSooMI60m via @YouTube
If you weren’t able to make our Cipher Certified webinar earlier this week, you can now access the full recording. Build Your Own View of the Technology Landscape and its supporting material are here: https://t.co/Z1uT2f4u0B https://t.co/DxxLfa7UpI
“What @TheLOTNET effectively is, it’s a nonprofit organisation. It’s a community of companies who have agreed to take responsibility for the very problem [they are] causing.” What problem is our guest Ken Seddon referring to? Find out: https://t.co/pWJB4xEDLY #businesspodcast https://t.co/C2WMp6incx
We’re repeating Tuesday’s webinar – Cipher Certified: Build your own view of the Technology Landscape – at the earlier time of 9am BST tomorrow (30 Jun). Take 45 minutes to discover how you could choose your own classifiers on our platform: https://t.co/nuWfaot60A
Our guest in episode 6 in the current series of the #CipherVision podcast is Ken Seddon, CEO of @TheLOTNET. Take 20 minutes to listen to ‘Managing PAE Patent Risk’ and let us know your thoughts: https://t.co/kOkbl8crrQ #patentligitation #businesspodcast https://t.co/9V390aVNIv
‘Cipher Certified: Build your own view of the Technology Landscape’ is tomorrow’s webinar at 8am PT (4pm BST). Cipher experts will show you how to build your custom taxonomy on our platform. Register for tomorrow or for the repeat on Thursday (9am BST): https://t.co/RB9KVOKRXW https://t.co/7cV6YXPawd
If you’re not able to make our webinars next week (see our timeline), you can read all the details about Cipher Certified on our dedicated page. Training from Cipher experts is included: https://t.co/1urr7n46tp #patentanalysis #patentdata https://t.co/o9ix3GCuHI
Just what is Cipher Certified? Watch our short video to find out how you can take control of your classifiers: https://t.co/xYXPev7mrR #patents #DataAnalytics
Our next webinar, Cipher Certified: Build your own view of the Technology Landscape, will show you how to build your custom taxonomy. Register now for either Tue 28 or Thu 30 Jun: https://t.co/LFWL4ZCJJ8 https://t.co/27igeiPLou

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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