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What is Cipher exactly?

Cipher is a technology platform which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to provide customers insights into complex landscapes of patented technology to support their strategic IP decisions.

Cipher automatically maps patents to technologies to enable companies to analyse the landscape through a technology lens.

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How can I access Cipher?

Cipher is accessed via an online portal, which will be tailored to your team’s requirements.

Our representatives will be able to arrange trial access following a consultation.

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What patent and business needs can Cipher assist with?

Cipher is much more than patent data analysis.  Our customers use Cipher to assist with multiple areas of business:

Benchmarking Due Diligence Portfolio Optimisation
Budget Management Inbound Patent Assertion Risk Mitigation
Competitive Intelligence Monetisation Technology trends
Cross Licensing

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Are there options within Cipher?

Yes.  You can choose to have a custom taxonomy for your account.

We also provide Cipher Certified – where users are trained to build their own classifiers.

Our representatives will be able to outline your options – please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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How much does Cipher cost?

This will depend on the number of patents and patent families which your business owns.  One of our friendly Cipher representatives will be only too happy to talk through your options with you.

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Which industries can Cipher scan patents for?

The short answer is – all industries.

However, we have in place industry-specific taxonomies for:

Aerospace and Defence FMCG MedTech
Automotive HEVC SEPs Semiconductor
FinTech Industrial Automation


If there is an area of industry you require, which is not on this list, we provide a Custom Taxonomy.  Please contact us if you would like to learn more.

In 2021, Cipher published its Universal Technology Taxonomy, which is the first taxonomy to provide a consistent and objective analysis of patented technologies owned by all companies globally.

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Where can I see examples of what Cipher does?

Cipher has published a number of reports, insights and case studies, demonstrating the scope of the platform.

Each of our Solutions and Taxonomies has a sample report available for download.

In 2022, Cipher published its A Global View of Innovation report, scanning seven million technology patents to identify industry trends worldwide.


I have a question which is not covered here

Our friendly experts are always happy to discuss your queries.  On our contact page, there are options to arrange a callback with our team at a time convenient to you, wherever you are in the world.

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Insights & Events

IP Counsel Café Fall Meeting

Cipher is looking forward to attending IP Counsel Cafe Fall Meeting on November 1, 2023 in New York City.
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Europe’s Chemicals Industry: The Benefits and Risks Posed by the UPC

Examining the patent landscape of the chemicals industry in Europe following the establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
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CIP Forum 2023

Nigel Swycher, CEO, Cipher will be participating in the panel, The Future of IP in an Interconnected World, at 1:45pm to 2:45pm on Tuesday, 3 October. 
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Key Patent Innovations and the BlackBerry portfolio

Following its acquisition by Key Patent Innovations, we revisited our analysis of the BlackBerry patent portfolio, identifying the areas at risk.
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LOT Network BRIDGE Members Meeting 2023

We attended BRIDGE, LOT Network’s annual members meeting on Wednesday 27th September.
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How innovation affects revenue for Big Tech

Big Tech firms thrive on innovation, and patents play a crucial role. Our analysis tracks the activity of Apple, Google, Microsoft and others over the last 20 years.
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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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