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What we do

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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in IP

Episode 9 in Season 2 features Mike Binns and Braxton Davis, both Associate General Counsel at Meta. They shared with us their experience pioneering DEI in the workplace and the current initiatives that they are working on, including ADAPT and The NCPP.
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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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The Circular Economy: Sustainable Packaging

Our report shows a step-change in industry approaches to sustainable packaging adoption across fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs). We analysed bioplastics patent data to track which major chemical players are behind this trend.
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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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“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

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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“It’s not about a data set. It’s about a mindset of saying, ‘Where are we missing #diversity of thought?'” – @Meta Counsels Mike Binns and Braxton Davis explain the reason behind the new ADAPT initiative in our #CipherVision podcast: https://t.co/amwHaIsVcK #DEI #IP https://t.co/KNyNJFDjMt
@PodcastMovement #Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in IP features Mike Binns and Braxton Davis, both Associate General Counsel at @Meta. They shared with us their experience pioneering #DEI in the patent workplace and the current initiatives that they are working on: https://t.co/NxlxPuRzxP
Next week in San Francisco, @TheLOTNET will team up with #IP leaders from @Amazon, @Cruise, @Disney, @Meta and @Microsoft to put on a half-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop signifying the launch of their new #DEI initiative, ADAPT. Details: https://t.co/08nwhwV1nN
Our CEO, @swychern delivering his Tech Talk at today’s AI-Enabled Tech Foresight Summit in Berlin. Cipher uses supervised #machinelearning to enable #IP professionals to make evidence-based decisions around their #patent strategy: https://t.co/fy2ecyhwug https://t.co/8sIgm6sCKQ
We’re at the AI-Enabled Tech Foresight Summit in Berlin today. Our CEO, @swychern will be part of a Tech Talk – giving insights into the application of #AI in real business environments – at 11.15. Come and see our reps James and Katrin at our stand. https://t.co/PxwpGoI9Kf
Our Head of Risk, Kacper Gorski, discussed the risk landscape at London IP Week yesterday. If that’s a subject of interest, check out our Preparation and Readiness: How to Proactively Manage Patent Risk webinar video: https://t.co/m9KK38pMg5 #riskmanagement #patents #webinar https://t.co/bzdzYDEgjX
Our team enjoyed the engaging sessions at #LIPW, and also noted the range of tech solutions offering more integration for patent-related tasks. If you missed meeting us to see how we can analyse your patent portfolio, DM us here or via our website.
However, it is imperative that IP professionals keep up to date on new tools and services that can support them in their day to day tasks.
Our take on today’s #LondonIPWeek discussions so far: Most speakers recognising that the role of tech and AI in legal (in house and external counsel) is becoming more prominent. With so many solutions on the market, tool fatigue is a real thing 1/2
#LondonIPweek has arrived! We’re delighted to be a sponsor for the event running today and tomorrow. Drop by our stand to chat to the Cipher team or book your meeting in advance: https://t.co/LHsTYjUL2B #patentdata #patentanalysis https://t.co/Hfgdmz8QrE

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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