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Competitive Intelligence

Understand who’s doing what in the patent landscape.

Understanding which of your competitors own patents that relate to your technologies is key to any competitive intelligence function.

Cipher automates the analysis of competitive patent data to support strategic patenting decisions.

Cipher has a range of benchmarking metrics and has been optimised for analysing competitors and new entrants using your own technology lens.

We can create a custom taxonomy that supports data driven decisions for your organisation.

As a leading technology company, we need instant answers to who’s doing what. Cipher helps us navigate complex patent landscapes.

Lucy Wojcik, Ocado Group, on how Cipher helps with Competitive Intelligence

Have you ever asked these questions?

Are there better ways of understanding our competition and what they are doing?

Yes. We understand that the current manually intensive processes for monitoring the competition are slow and expensive. Cipher automates the analysis to increase efficiency. Understanding the competitive landscape is foundational information which sits is at the heart of patenting strategy.

What’s the best way to monitor a landscape if I don’t know who my competition is?

Identify all owners of patents relating to the technology of interest and start from there. Use your expertise to focus on territories, age, rate of change to zoom in. A similar approach can be taken to focus on Universities and start-ups. In Cipher, the Classifier Landscape generates this view and the platform has been optimised for navigation of this sort.

How can I find out about new and disruptive technologies?

Identifying the unknown is notoriously hard. Cipher can monitor new technologies with the same accuracy as you achieve with your core technologies. With the ability to produce global landscapes and sophisticated alerting, Cipher provides the confidence that you are always up to date.

…then Cipher can help.

Our issue was how to fit other companies’ portfolios into that same framework that we use and there’s just no other tool other than Cipher that can do that.

Bob Pechman, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Seagate Technology

How Cipher helps you with Competitive Intelligence


Gather information

Gain access to global patent data which is organised by patent owner.


Convert to intelligence

Use Cipher to automatically map patents to technologies through your technology lens with your own custom taxonomy.


Use in decision making

Make a decision, using the intelligence, to further benchmark, review budget or optimise your portfolio.

Portfolios are often too big and too small in different technology areas and patent strategy needs to account for this reality.

Jared Engstrom, Head Patent Development, Red Hat

Competitive Intelligence FAQs

How can I be sure automated strategic patent intelligence platforms are accurate?

Our ML algorithms have been independently tested for their accuracy. There is no reason to trust the machine, you’ll be involved in the process every step of the way. Find out more about how Cipher classifies patents using Machine Learning.

What are the benefits of automating access to strategic patent intelligence?

Save time and money. Cipher is an efficiency play. The benefits are not limited to measurable time and cost savings. Cipher is both objective and repeatable eliminating unwanted and unnecessary delays.

How much does it cost to repeat a search in Cipher?

Nothing. Once you have implemented Cipher, there is no limit to the number of searches you make. This is part of the reason that Cipher subscribers report a 36X increase in productivity.

Does Cipher support benchmarking and corporate reporting?

Yes. Cipher is optimised for comparing your portfolio to named competitors or the global landscape. The Cipher Solutions team assist in the design of custom dashboards for internal Legal or Management reporting.

Can the same approach be applied to due diligence in M&A and other commercial transactions?

Yes. Cipher has the ability to analyse any company, and its top competitors, in minutes. Softbank’s acquisition of ARM was a is a good illustration example and is referenced in this Forbes article.

Insights & Events

Competitive Intelligence – how can benchmarking data enhance your patenting strategy?

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Talk with our team

Our friendly team is on hand to discuss your IP challenges or to learn what issues you are facing in managing your patent portfolio.

Instantly book a 30-minute exploratory call with our team by choosing a calendar slot to suit you.

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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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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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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With Cipher you can also…

Portfolio Optimisation connecting cogs

Optimise your portfolio

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

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Cross Licensing

Model cross licensing

Combine patent and revenue data to determine rational licensing outcomes.

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patents budget management

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 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 own 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 of today and discover the unknown owners of future disruptive innovation.

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Why Cipher

Trained by humans, built by machine to give you independently verified accuracy

“Cipher’s classifiers enable you to understand the patent landscape or analyze a portfolio. Combining expertise in both IP and data science, Cipher provides you with solutions to the strategic problems patent owners face, with quick and accurate results.” Erik Oliver, Richardson Oliver Insights

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