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Due Diligence

Adding value, not hours

Due diligence is required in every transaction where patents play a role, across the full range of M&A transactions, joint ventures, licenses and collaborations, patent acquisition and divestment activities. With Cipher you have a fast and effective way to complete a timely and thorough due diligence approach.

We are at a point where budgets do not extend to manual review of thousands of patents. The legal sector is now embracing the potential of what Machine Learning and analytics can deliver.

Nigel Swycher, CEO, Cipher and formerly intellectual property partner with Slaughter and May

Have you ever asked these questions?

How can I improve the efficiency of how I carry out due diligence?

Cipher has been optimised for due diligence. It’s best in class corporate grouping makes for fast and effective identification of any patent owning organisation anywhere in the world. There are no export limits to the number of companies, the size of their portfolios or on the quantity of data you need.

What’s the best way to understand a patent portfolio in context?

A downside of conventional due diligence is that you are limited to the company or assets in front of you. With Cipher you can automatically compare your target patents to any organisation you select or to an algorithmically computed set of similar organisations.

How can I be sure that I haven’t missed anything?

Cipher includes over 99% of all patents in over 100 countries. While there are discrepancies in the data extracted from national and regional patent offices, these issues pale into insignificance when measured against the benefits of early access strategic patent intelligence – a combination of not just patent, but additional insight from both cost and litigation data.

If these are your issues, Cipher can help you.

The due diligence around the acquisition of ARM by Softbank in 2016 for $31 billion was completed in a matter of days by Cipher, as reported by Forbes

How ARM is Using Artificial Intelligence to Supercharge its Patents 

How to use Cipher for more efficient due diligence


Focus on a target

Rely on Cipher Corporate Grouping or upload known assets into Cipher


Cluster and compare

Focus on a specific company or consider any other patent owning organisation


Actionable intelligence

Use analytics to focus on areas where further investigation is required

Because Cipher is an automated platform that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence, it is able to uncover companies of relevance, that we might never have discovered on our own.

Jared Engstrom, Head of Patent Development, Red Hat

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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Seagate on keeping up with technology changes

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate, Bob Pechman explains the pressures of supporting the business during a period of rapid technological change and how Cipher helps see the patent landscape through Seagate’s own technology lens.
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Centrica on the value of Cipher

Charles Clark, Director of Intellectual Property at Centrica, discusses the efficiency gains from using Cipher and the tasty bits of data gleaned from using Cipher’s AI over conventional search.
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Insights and Events


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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Patent budgets triggered by Covid – cutting not wounding webinar

View our webinar that addresses the challenges of managing a patent budget in a recession.
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COVID 19: Mitigating the Impact of Patent Budget Cuts in Recession

Covid-19 has caused greater scrutiny of patent budgets and a need to cut costs – so where are you supposed to start?
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Due diligence

What approach does Cipher take to corporate grouping?

Understanding who own’s what is a problem that Cipher has been tackling since the beginning. Our corporate grouping is a combination of licensed data (for the top 5000 owners of US assets), algorithmic normalisation and a very significant amount of manual curation, essential to providing an accurate and up-to-date view.

How can the data from Cipher be used?

Cipher enables digital reports to be shared and all relevant data to be exported. The export includes a full range of PPT, csv and excel options.

Can Cipher handle errors and inconsistencies in number formats?

Yes, we are well aware of how irritating this can be and our custom upload functionality does a good job of simplifying this task.

What data sets are aggregated in Cipher?

Cipher includes global patent data from over 100 patent offices. Cipher also includes patent litigation data (including NPEs), cost data and a comprehensive patent corporate tree.  Read more about the Cipher platform.

With Cipher you can also…

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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Optimise your portfolio

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

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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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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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Improve your patent strategy now

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