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Supporting the sector on the road to Electrification, Autonomy and Connectivity

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We developed the first Automotive Taxonomy in 2018 in collaboration with a number of OEMs and their suppliers. Today, Cipher Automotive is recognised as the industry standard for those needing to understand the ever-changing, disrupted automotive patent landscape; especially when we include non-traditional automotive companies such as new entrants, start-ups and Universities.

Automotive Module

Over 200 Classifiers structured in 10 top level classes

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

OEM and supplier Organisation Sets, by region
Instant Insights, for frequently requested reports

Automotive Taxonomy


Automotive Taxonomy


To get the full details of this Automotive taxonomy:

  • 10 top classes
  • over 200 classifiers

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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

Insights and Events

The future of mobility – can patents keep up?

The automotive sector is experiencing significant disruption. Read the article written for IAM
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Cipher Automotive Patent Trends 2019

Cipher publishes an annual review of automotive patent trends across over 200 OEMs and suppliers
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Automotive Safety and Security

There are four key trends driving change across the automotive industry and its supply chain. These are loosely categorised as diverse mobility, autonomous driving, electrification, and connectivity.
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Case Studies

BAE Systems on the importance of competitive intelligence in disruptive technology environments

Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Dr. Bobby Mukherjee, explains how his IP team uses Cipher to help communicate the importance of IP internally and to navigate complex technology landscapes.
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BorgWarner on how automation increases speed and reduces cost

Technical Product Strategy Lead, Chris Kowalsky, explains the problems with existing approaches to patent search and how Cipher Automotive has improved efficiency as they develop new technologies essential to the future of the car.
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With Cipher you can…

Optimise your portfolio

Ensure you have the right portfolio to meet your strategic patenting objectives.

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Gather competitor intelligence

Understand who’s doing what by automating patent to technology mapping.

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Model cross licensing

Combine patent and revenue data to determine rational licensing outcomes.

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Manage your budget

Justify patent budgets to CFOs and others to 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 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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Improve your patent strategy now

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