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Strategic intelligence in the face of digital disruption across the financial sector

Cipher developed its first FinTech taxonomy in collaboration with major banks in North America and Europe.

We also support patent teams tackling the challenges of digital transformation: from cashless payments and mobile banking to blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

I want a solid strategy built on real data and access to analytics that can support insights on technology trends and activity at a granular level. Sources of digital innovation are very fragmented so the more useable the information you have, the more sensible the decisions you make.

Calum Smyth, Global Head of IP, Barclays

Building a Taxonomy for FinTech

A Taxonomy for patented technologies in FinTech can include the following:

  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Banking Service and Products
  • Computing Infrastructure
  • Customer Services
  • Payment Technologies
  • Security and Privacy
  • Softward
  • Standards

To find out more about what classifiers could be included in a FinTech Taxonomy download our example below


Find out more about getting your own Custom Taxonomy

Example of a FinTech Taxonomy


FinTech Taxonomy

The types of classifiers in a FinTech Taxonomy would fit into these sectors:

  • Authentication and Authorisation
  • Banking Services and Products
  • Customer Services
  • Payment Technologies
  • Security and Privacy
  • Software
  • Standards


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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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With Cipher you can…

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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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