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Supporting the sector in times of fast pace and high stakes semiconductor technology evolution

Cipher has strong relationships with ARM and with TechInsights. We are also associated with many of the semiconductor industry’s leading organisations and their advisers.

As the sector continues to undergo significant transformation, strategic patent intelligence will be essential to both maximising value and minimising risk in this field.

The main strategic benefits of Cipher for ARM are the accuracy of the classifiers and the ability to continue to run those classifiers over time. Having an empirical way of pointing to why we file what we do, makes the case for the budget we need.

Rob Calico, Vice President IP and Litigation, ARM

Semiconductors and IP Intelligence

Jason Abt, Chief Technology Officer at TechInsights was a guest on our Cipher Vision podcast.  In the chat with our hosts, Jason discussed:

  • how the company was formed from a desire by technology designers to protect their IP investments
  • the sophistication of microchips
  • patents as an informative resource
  • trends in the semiconductor industry

Read a summary of the discussion and listen to the podcast

What if you could look holistically at specific technology areas and let the platform do the work? This is one of the areas where Cipher can be a huge assistance.

Jason Abt, Chief Technology Officer, TechInsights

Example of a Semiconductor Taxonomy


Semiconductor Taxonomy

Technologies that should be included in a Semiconductor Taxonomy include:

  • Analog
  • Discrete components
  • Processor circuitry

Insights and Events

Shining a light on Panasonic sale to Nuvoton

The sale of Panasonic’s remaining semiconductor patent portfolio to Nuvoton, is a final step for them. But what is the outlook for Nuvoton?
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Analog Devices buys Maxim

What does rhe Analog Devices acquisition of Maxim Integrated mean for the semiconductor industry? This Cipher report analyses the portfolio strength of both companies.
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Forbes investigates how Cipher is revolutionising M&A

The due diligence process on Arm’s patents that usually takes a couple weeks was sped through in just a couple of days – all thanks to Cipher.
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Ams completes acquisition of Osram

Ams had final approval to buy OSRAM, but what does this mean for their patent portfolio?
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Case Studies

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 own 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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Other sectors

Universal Technology Taxonomy

The Universal Technology Taxonomy (UTT) is the world’s first taxonomy that divides over 45 million patents into 10 super-classes and 122 sub-classes.
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Incorporating both Food&Drink and Beauty and Personal care developed in collaboration with Mintel
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The types of classifiers in a FinTech technology would be in sectors such as banking services, payment technologies, and security.
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Industrial Automation

A patent taxonomy developed at the heart of Industry 4.0, including 3D printing, robotics and connectivity
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The industry standard for understanding the future of the cars and automotive industry.
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Strategic insight for the next generation of diagnosis and treatment for data driven healthcare
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Aerospace and Defence

Technologies within this taxonomy include: air turbine starters; electromagnetics; flight management systems for drones; head mounted displays (HMDs); and virtual cockpits.
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Navigate complex landscapes when every company is a technology company.
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With Cipher you can…

Portfolio Optimisation connecting cogs

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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Improve your patent strategy now

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