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Automotive Industry Taxonomy

Supporting mobility on the road to Electrification, Autonomy and Connectivity

We developed the first Automotive Taxonomy in 2018 in collaboration with a number of OEMs and their suppliers. Today, we are the leading provider of custom taxonomies for those needing to navigate patented technologies across the entire automative ecosystem.

With Cipher, in a few hours I can produce a high quality, insightful report where previously I would pay $20,000 and wait 2 months – for a report that didn’t answer my questions.

Chris Kowalsky, Patent Strategy, BorgWarner

Building a Taxonomy for Automotive Industry

A Taxonomy for patented technologies for Automotive could include the following:

  • Autonomous systems
  • Cabin Systems
  • Chassis and body
  • Complete vehicle systems
  • Drivetrain
  • Electrical Power systems
  • Internal combustion
  • Mobility and connectivity
  • Safety
  • Vehicle dynamics

To find out more about what classifiers could be included, download our example below.  Alternatively, why not look into obtaining your own Custom Taxonomy?

Automotive Taxonomy Example


Automotive Industry Taxonomy Example


To see the types of classifiers that could be included in an Automotive Industry Taxonomy, please complete this form.

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Custom Taxonomy

Find out how Cipher can build your taxonomy using classifiers:

  • Matching to your view of the patent landscape
  • Your own taxonomy is accurate, fast and repeatable
  • It’s easy to use,  saves time and reduces costs.

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Combine patent and revenue data to determine rational licensing outcomes.

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Justify patent budgets and communicate the impact of your investment.

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

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

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

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

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