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Industrial Automation

Embracing the fourth industrial revolution

With over 20 billion connected devices by 2025, the technologies at the heart of Industry 4.0 will impact everything and everyone. We have a proven track record of supporting companies working in at the forefront of technologies such as robotics, sensors, 3D printing, AI/Machine Learning, augmented and virtual reality, digital healthcare.

Industrial Automation Module

The Cipher Industrial Automation Module includes:

  • 65 Classifiers structured in 6 top level classes:
    • 3D Printing
    • Control Systems and connectivity
    • Digital Factory
    • Motors and Drives
    • Robotics
    • Sensor Technology
  • Organisation sets by technology and region
  • Instant Insights for frequently requested reports

Industrial Automation Taxonomy




To get the full detail of this Industrial Automation taxonomy:

  • 6 top classes
  • 65 classifiers

Download the Taxonomy by completing this form.

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There are a large number of disruptive technologies: robotics, autonomy, cybersecurity and drones are key areas for us and for our competitors. The list also includes in human machine interfaces and areas such as energy storage and management. Now more than ever, it is important to monitor patent trends.  It’s important for us to stay ahead of the game, not to be complacent.

Dr. Bobby Mukherjee, Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, BAE Systems PLC.

Insights and Events

Machine Vision

Machine vision plays a major role in robotics and automated manufacturing processes. Investment in the space is seen through the increased level of patent activity over the last decade. Find out who the key players are by accessing this complimentary patent landscape.
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Collaborative Robotics

See how the patent activity of collaborative robotics has changed over time and how this technology might allow us to return to workspaces sooner than we thought.
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Digital Twin

See how the patent activity of the digital twin has changed over time.
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Swarm Robotics

See which robotics technology area is leading with the most patent activity over time.
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Automation meets automation

Cipher launches its new Industrial Automation module
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Augmented reality top patent owners: 2010-2019

See who has filed the most augmented reality patents over time.
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Case Studies

Ocado on balancing IP protection with mitigation of patent risk and conflict

Head of IP, Lucy Wojcik, talks about the need instant answers to who’s doing what and how Cipher helped Ocado implement a world class IP strategy.
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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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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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Other Industries

Custom Taxonomy

By using your view of the key technologies, Cipher is able to design and build your custom taxonomy
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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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