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Why Cipher

Because life’s too short to be counting and sorting patents manually.

Our mission is to enable a rational understanding of patents by:


Strategic Patent Intelligence

Providing the patent intelligence required by IP teams to support strategic patent decisions


Machine Learning Algorithms

Automating all analysis that does not need to be conducted manually and developing machine learning algorithms with proven levels of accuracy


Evidence based decisions

Creating better ways to communicate the value of patents both internally and externally to key stakeholders

For 20 years, highly-qualified professionals have been struggling with patent software that is not fit for purpose. Cipher means less perspiration and more inspiration.

Nigel Swycher, CEO and co-founder, Cipher

100 million patent families, 1 million owners

It’s painful to answer the foundational patent question, ‘who owns what?’

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Cipher’s way of approaching classification is particularly useful because it’s customised to the way Red Hat views the world in terms of technological taxonomy.

Jared Engstrom, Head of Patent Development, Red Hat

Transform your productivity

Cipher customers say they have increased their productivity 36 times, allowing more time to be spent on patent strategy.

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Your own Taxonomy

At the heart of Cipher sits your own view of the technology landscape. Custom Classifiers are built using seed patents to create a unique set of training data.  You have your own taxonomy with all the classifiers you need so you can have an updated view of your world anytime…automated, efficient, repeatable.

Your Custom taxonomy

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The Cipher Platform


Cipher was created to enable IP professionals to make evidence based decisions around their patent strategy.  

 Cipher Platform

Cipher delivers 96% accuracy from an independently-created test.

Cipher uses supervised machine learning for classification of patents. Our customers trust Cipher, not simply because of our Machine Learning algorithms; but because they know how the system works and can easily verify the accuracy of the results.

Cipher accuracy has been independently tested and our work on creating Gold Standards is published in the leading journal World Patent Information.

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Cipher’s classifiers are a fantastic tool for understanding the patent landscape or analyzing a portfolio. Cipher combines expertise in both IP and data science to enable solutions to strategic problems patent owners face with quick and accurate results.

Erik Oliver, COO, Richardson Oliver Insights LLC

“I’m delighted how we’ve implemented Cipher. We’ve reduced 10-year expenses by nearly half by moving from a system where filings were based on headcount growth, to one where we systematically identify weakness in our portfolio, and file where necessary to ensure our patent ‘wall’ is maintained.” Rob Calico, Vice President IP and Litigation, ARM

“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

“Cipher has been world class for us. It’s easy to use and it provides very powerful visual representations of what we own and importantly what our competitors have.” Dr Bobby Mukherjee, Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, BAE Systems plc

“With Cipher in a few hours, I can produce a report that used to cost me $20,000 to do on the outside, and it’s far more relevant and useful than the $20,000 report I used to pay for.” Chris Kowalsky, Technical Product Lead and Patent Strategy, BorgWarner

“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

Examples of Sector Taxonomies

Taxonomies are customised to you or your sector. Find out more from examples of Cipher’s sector taxonomies:

Aerospace and Defence

Delivering strategic insight to those responsible for protecting and delivering our future.
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The industry standard for understanding the future of the cars and automotive industry.
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Incorporating both Food&Drink and Beauty and Personal care developed in collaboration with Mintel
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Developed in collaboration with leading banks across the US and Europe
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Strategic insight for the next generation of diagnosis and treatment for data driven healthcare
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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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Supporting the sector in times of fast pace and high stakes technology evolution
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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 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 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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Speak to the Cipher team today.

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