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Strategic patent intelligence

At Cipher our mission is to unleash the strategic value of patents for our customers. We do this by enabling patent owners to make rational decisions by providing strategic patent intelligence, powered by machine learning.

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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.

Innovation-led Sustainability

Episode 1 in Season 3 features Gregorio Ossola, Head of Corporate Solutions at one.five. Greg shared with us the importance of a data-led approach to sustainability.
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The contribution of patents to enterprise value

Describing a new valuation methodology for calculating the contribution that an entire portfolio makes to the overall value of a company.
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Sustainability and detergents: environmentally friendly innovation

Our report on patent owners in the Sustainable Detergents space identifies the firms producing new formulations and the countries leading innovation.
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Air Quality: Global Leaders & Innovators

Technologies covered in this report include air scrubbers, oxidation catalysts, biofuels, diesel particulate filters and multi-pollutant monitoring devices.
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Inventions & Innovators spearheading Sustainable Plastics

This report identifies the firms innovating in areas such as biodegradable polymers, bio-based polymers, and sustainable adhesives.
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Universal Technology Taxonomy – Insight

Introducing the world’s first Universal Technology Taxonomy. This article sheds light on why Cipher launched the world’s first universal technology to classify patents and example analysis using UTT.
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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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Create Risk Mitigation Strategies

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

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Case studies

How law firms can use data analytics to build long term partnerships with their clients

Calum Smyth, Partner at Wiggin LLP, explains how law firms can become true advisers to their clients by harnessing the latest advances in technology and data analytics.
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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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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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Chicago, Paris, Berlin, San Diego – all #IP event locations which Cipher will be at in 2023. Those in #legaltech and #researchanddevelopment can meet us to hear how the Cipher platform assists your #patent portfolio. Review our list and book a meeting: https://t.co/LaUZIr1Bd6 https://t.co/coFrabbNLL
Season 3 of the Cipher Vision Podcast kicks off with Gregorio Ossola of one.five. In ‘Innovation-led Sustainability’, Greg shares how one.five seeks to revolutionise the #sustainablepackaging industry via #patent intelligence: https://t.co/WTD7xvYkPT #businesspodcasts #IP https://t.co/iL2lGEgdtK
We’re at #GlobalIPExchangeUSA in Carlsbad, CA for a second day. Our man Chris Berry is available for a quick initial meeting to discuss your patent portfolio, and solutions such as #benchmarking. Book in with Chris now: https://t.co/2qEV9yvA4v #IPevents #patentdata #patents https://t.co/Gs4lZCMZyB
If you missed our webinar on Cipher Certified this week, we’ve made it available to download. Cipher Certified is where you set your own classifiers, and use in-house #ML capabilities to automate, improve and speed up workflows: https://t.co/kokJBiZH6I #businesswebinars #patents https://t.co/xhwWgmyj1n
#Plastic power! Which nation leads the way in sustainable technologies? We tracked patent data to reveal the leading innovators working in #polymers, #adhesives, and more. Reveal the leaders with our new report: https://t.co/qHpJDLJ9zy #sustainability #patentdata #greeneconomy https://t.co/uPzqxxAeJX
Air Quality: Global Leaders & Innovators is our new report analysing and ranking patent owners of technologies including #airscrubbers, #biofuels, and diesel particulate filters. Access the report now: https://t.co/1A7bZNoLI8 #airquality #greentechnology https://t.co/Ls6cDZ5JG9
Repeated Thursday at 9am GMT: a webinar on Cipher Certified. Develop your own in-house #ML capabilities to automate, improve and speed up workflows: https://t.co/7zASRYPSFX #businesswebinars #patents https://t.co/RKhYgJVJRI
*TODAY* at 4pm GMT (11am EST): join us for a webinar on Cipher Certified. Hear from our experts on developing your own in-house #ML capabilities to automate, improve and speed up workflows: https://t.co/ibih4O3TuW #businesswebinars #patents https://t.co/HZmLTfhuCj
In a week’s time (30 – 31 Jan), the Cipher team are at #GlobalIPExchangeUSA. Fancy a breakout meeting with us? Email info@cipher.ai to learn more about how we can assist with your patent portfolio needs. Event website: https://t.co/lJdWKrQhO3 #IPevents #patentdata https://t.co/RUtG4sEvDf
We still have spaces for Tuesday’s webinar (4pm GMT) on Cipher Certified. It’s where you’ll hear from our experts on how YOU will be able to develop in-house #ML capabilities to automate, improve and speed up workflows: https://t.co/4GHnL6FmFO #businesswebinars #patents https://t.co/sZlo41ax2e

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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