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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 at the forefront of technologies such as robotics, sensors, 3D printing and AI/Machine Learning.

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

Building a Taxonomy for Industrial Automation

A Taxonomy for patented technologies in Industrial Automation could include the following:

  • 3D Printing
  • Control Systems and connectivity
  • Digital Factory
  • Motors and Drives
  • Robotics
  • Sensor Technology

To find out more about what classifiers could be included in an Industrial Automation Taxonomy download our example below


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Industrial Automation Taxonomy Example




To see they types of classifiers that could be included in an Industrial Automation Taxonomy, complete this form to receive the example taxonomy.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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