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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.

Recent highlights

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

Market intelligence, Technology and Trust

Episode 4 in Season 2 of the Cipher Vision Podcast series features Peter Haigh, Chair of Mintel. Peter describes patents as a “treasure trove”, providing invaluable market data to consumer product manufacturers.
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IP Counsel Cafe

We are speaking on the theme of mastering IP data analytics at this annual Silicon Valley conference (18 – 19 May). The Cipher team will be in attendance.
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ML4Patents Cipher and the Universal Technology Taxonomy Webinar

We joined ML4Patents to discuss machine learning within Cipher’s Universal Technology Taxonomy. Access the full recording plus a UTT handout.
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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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Europe and Asia edging ahead for green hydrogen technology supremacy

The green hydrogen sector will see rapid technological innovation as the sector continues to scale and evolve. This is the lead finding of a joint report by Cipher and Fitch Solutions.
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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

Next month (12 – 14 June), we’ll be in Chicago as a sponsor at #IPBCGlobal. Book a meeting now with one of the team to discuss how the Cipher platform can help meet your #IP and #patent needs: https://t.co/rwdBzZlH3O https://t.co/TLipE6bymG
We’ve been putting the finishing touches to our June podcast with a respected IP industry figure. They’ve supplied some great quotes! Our 14 podcasts cover: #ROI, Evidence-based decision making, #IP capability, and more: https://t.co/j2GzYbkiJw #businesspodcast https://t.co/n7YF1igJ4y
As well as our CEO (@swychern), Chris, Kacper, Sarah and Steve from Cipher will be at @IPCounselCafe on Wednesday and Thursday (18/19 May). Book a meeting to learn how our platform provides insight into your patent data: https://t.co/vpk0de0PJK https://t.co/Guef1TgCVI
“The vast bulk of the Twitter portfolio can be dated back to either 2005 or 2010. Since then patenting activity has been limited.” We were happy to supply the data for this IAM feature: https://t.co/E7alCm1poS #patents #twittersold
We’re looking forward to visiting Palo Alto as part of @IPCounselCafe from 18 – 19 May. Want to find out exactly what our platform can offer? Book your meeting with one of the Cipher team attending: https://t.co/87o6Z0Qf4r https://t.co/oGZS9RKX1e
Our chat with Peter Haigh, Chair of @mintelnews reveals the changing #consumertrends in healthcare and technology plus a view on the value of patent data. Read a summary, and listen to the latest Cipher Vision podcast: https://t.co/31eXW2njIx https://t.co/AXecdLHtZ7
“If they use that data, they can get ahead of the competition, by just simply innovating around some of these #patents that are out there”. Peter Haigh, Chair of @mintelnews in our latest Cipher Vision podcast. Listen now: https://t.co/yVTHdWon5s https://t.co/3iMbLnxgLG
Over $40 billion is spent on #patents each year, but less than 20% of companies report that their portfolio is the right size. Cipher can assist with Portfolio Optimisation. Visit our Solution page and download a report: https://t.co/7Kc8vLIyU2
Our analysis on #electricvehicles found that players such as @ToyotaMotorCorp @Kia and @Hyundai dominate the battery technology landscape, helping to ensure fast and reliable charging options. Full report: https://t.co/KYQ6PSpyMh #patentanalysis https://t.co/ioIhI3hZOx
Thursday morning, 0900 BST, 1000 CET: join us for a replay of the successful Universal Technology Taxonomy webinar: https://t.co/E1jr34PkFK #patentanalysis #businesswebinar #machinelearning https://t.co/aBBgFLgJoz

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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