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  • New: Updated Universal Technology Taxonomy (UTT)
    The patent landscape is always evolving, with new trends and new technologies making an impact. The Universal Technology Taxonomy (UTT) which classifies all the world's patents into 121 technology classes has just been updated to provide the most up-to-date patent intelligence. What changes can you expect? The taxonomy was designed to ensure that the 44m+ active patents and applications global...

Getting Started

  • An Introduction to Classification
    What is Classification and how can it help me?   Classification, powered by Cipher, is an intellectual property analytics tool designed to help your business make better decisions. By analysing the world's patent and litigation data, we provide accessible intelligence that saves you time, saves you money and minimises risk. Unlock the largest library of scientific information by harnessing the ...
  • How to navigate the platform
    A walk through of Classification with a focus on workflows In this article we navigate the Classification platform with a focus on Competitor Intelligence and Technology Trends workflows. In the webinar below, we take you through a case study focused on: identifying your competitor set, analysing the landscape's key activity, It also highlights how the new look and feel made it easier to ...
  • What is a Classifier?
    Powerful artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques applied to patent searching   Classifiers are a machine learning and AI approach to finding patents relating to a certain technology.   A Classifier is an algorithm trained to identify patent families belonging to a technology. This is done by giving the algorithm examples of what should fall within (positive) and outside (negativ...
  • What is Clustering within the Classification platform?
    Understand how technology clusters are generated and named, including unrelated and miscellaneous clusters What is a technology Cluster? A technology cluster refers to a grouping of patent families relating to the same technical area. How does the Classification platform group patent families into technology Clusters? It groups patent families with similar characteristics into Technology Cluste...
  • Starting a report
    Where should I start my report in Cipher?   There are lots of different ways to begin your report in Cipher, and where you start depends on the problem you're trying to solve, or the question you're trying to answer. The main locations to start your report are the three report tiles at the top of your Cipher dashboard, when you first sign into Cipher:       Search Cipher Tile This is your sta...
  • Report Wizard
    Simplify reporting options and speed up the process   Get to the information you require with our step by step reporting using the Report Wizard. It sits front and centre as you log in, in the New Report tile:   Report Wizard Options   The report wizard has conveniently placed your reporting in one location. Not only has it taken existing report types and made them easier to use, report wizar...
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Reporting

  • Rename your report
    When you create a report, the platform will automatically give it a name. If you want to change the name and use a more relevant one or one that follows your internal naming protocol, there are two main ways to do that.​ From Inside A Report Select the pencil icon in the top right of your report dashboard The 'Rename report' window will appear, and simple type in your new name and select 'sav...
  • Editing your report
    How to edit the parameters of your report, the report name or take a subset of data into a new report Edit the Parameters of your report Here is a video covering editing the parameters of your report, or run a new report with the same report options for example, the same organisations or the same classifiers:   Handy Hint: Please note that Global landscape reports do not have this 'edit ' ...
  • Report History and editing an existing report
    How to access the Report History library and copy the report parameters   Once you create a report, this will automatically go into your Report History library. If your report has not finished building, this is where you will be able to monitor its status and access it once completed. There is no limit to the number of reports you have in your Report History, but please note that any unsaved re...
  • Saving and Tagging Your Report
    How to save and tag your reports to easily manage your projects Once you create a report, it will automatically sit in your Report History. Any unsaved reports expire after six months of inactivity (no views). This article guides you through the steps to save reports and tag them, so that you can easily navigate, manage and filter the reports in your report history.   Save your report If you wi...
  • Report filtering options
    Options to filter your report by organisation, technology, territory & time   The short video below explains how to filter your report using the options in the top right of your report dashboard. These options filter the results or your report and include filtering to selected: Organisations Technologies Territories (where does the patent family have a filing) Time Period   ...
  • Chart filtering options
    Filter your charts to your selected tagged metrics for example, geography combined with cost   The short video below explains how to filter the charts of your report using tags shown at the top. You may wish to only look at charts with a focus on granted families for example, or those with a geographical focus. Similarly, you may wish to look at charts focusing on individual patent count rather...
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Charts & Tables

  • Available metrics and datasets
    What data is available within the Classification platform and how can I interpret it? For details on how to access and interpret the charts found within the Classification platform, the following links take you through to summaries for each chart, in each section: Portfolio Size Portfolio Trends Patenting Activity Geography Age Cost Disputes Portfolio Stats PVIX (Portfolio Va...
  • Navigating Charts and Workflows
    How to select specific charts that you'd like to review in your report The Classification platform now has over 100 datasets and selecting the right ones, can be quite overwhelming at times. You can create your own set of favourite charts to revisit in every report, or create a custom chart for a particular project. We even have some saved chart sets relating to specific workflows such as Compe...
  • Set custom charts
    Favourite charts and set them as custom charts to include in future reports Work more efficiently by selecting and saving favourite charts to any number of custom dashboard to fit your needs. You can select custom charts so that when you create any report in the future, your report is formatted with the same chart options at the click of a button. How to create a Chart Set Step 1 - Create any r...
  • Portfolio Size charts & datasets
    Size charts available in Cipher and how to interpret them Ciphers Portfolio Size Datasets The size section has 11 datasets allowing a wide set of analysis. Simply click the size section of your report dashboard to view all of the size charts available in your report. You can add any chart in cipher to a saved list of charts by selecting the tick in the top right of the chart icon as shown belo...
  • Portfolio Trends charts & datasets
    Portfolio Trends charts available in Cipher and how to interpret them Ciphers Portfolio Trends Datasets The Portfolio trends section has 15 datasets allowing a wide set of analysis. Simply click the trends section of your report dashboard to view all of the trends charts available in your report. You can add any chart in cipher to a saved list of charts by selecting the tick in the top right o...
  • Patenting Activity charts & datasets
    Patenting Activity charts available in Cipher and how to interpret them Cipher's Patenting Activity Datasets The Patenting activity section has seven datasets allowing a wide set of analysis. Simply click the activity section of your report dashboard to view all of the activity charts available in your report. You can add any chart in cipher to a saved list of charts by selecting the tick i...
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Exporting & Sharing

  • Sharing a report
    How to share a report with your team or externally   Once you have created your report, you can share it with someone within your organisation, or externally.  In the report dashboard, click the share icon: To share with a user from your organisation: Select a user from the drop down menu Add a message in the text box (optional) Click 'Share report' If you wish to share a report with a user ...
  • How to download charts from your report
    Downloading your data in different formats   Do you need to present or share the results in your report? You can download individual graphs, charts and data into a PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheet, CSV file or PNG by clicking the 'Export' tab in the top-right corner above any chart set/data set:     You are also able to bulk download any selection of charts. To do this select the ch...
  • SPIF Export Report
    What is the SPIF Export report, and why is it useful?   What is the SPIF Export report? SPIF (standardised patent identification) is a non-partisan, open standard, human readable solution for uniquely identifying patent assets. Brought about by IAM, Richardson Oliver Insights, Unified Patents, RPX & Cipher; SPIF is a new initiative designed to reduce the cost of patent transactions and portfoli...
  • Executive Summary
    The Executive Summary report is an infographic that presents a high-level comparative overview of up to five patent portfolios of your choosing. The key metrics provide an instant IP lens on a search company, their competitors and/or other companies of interest. These reports are downloadable as a one-page PDF and are easily shareable with colleagues and clients. The Executive Summary will co...
  • Reassignment Export report
    What is a patent reassignment? A patent reassignment is an agreement for the owner of a patent transfer, sell or give away, his or her interest to an assignee. The assignee appears on the cover page of a patent and references who owns the patent rights. If there is no assignee, it can be assumed that the inventors own the patent rights.    Why do patents reassign their rights? Selling a paten...
  • Publications Export Report
    What is the publications export and how can I generate it? The publications export is ideal if you're looking to move data from Cipher to other systems, or if you're looking to export information from your report at an individual patent level to see which assets are in force. The publication export can also help you to locate or extract Utility Model patents from your report, as these are highl...

Solutions & Use Cases

  • Inbound Assertion and Proactive NPE Risk Analysis
    In our webinar series, we cover each of the platform's solutions. The short webinar below entitled How to deal with Inbound Patent Assertion, will help you to assess the risk to your portfolio from NPEs and react to an inbound assertion quickly and from a place of authority.   How do you respond to patent litigation?​ It's an event that can come out of the blue but one that can be catastrophic ...
  • Benchmarking
    The short webinar below Benchmarking your patent portfolio, takes a deep dive into a workflow to determine how you compare to your competitors, threat list and new entrants. Whether that's across a portion of your portfolio or your entire portfolio, this webinar demonstrates how we can help you benchmark efficiently and use that data to validate your patent strategy. Using a benchmarking chart ...
  • Due Diligence
    Finding and Assessing targets for acquisition and licensing The webinar below Finding and Assessing targets for acquisition and licensing will not only help you to find targets of interest for potential acquisition or licensing, but will also help you to understand a portfolio in context and perform thorough due diligence in your later M&A activities. Our Customer Experience Team use the platfo...
  • Calculate the cost of a cross-license
    How 'Cipher n/d' can help with the problem of patent licensing   What is Cipher n/d? Cipher n/d helps with the problem of patent licensing involving companies with large global portfolios in the following scenarios: Cross-licensing, to help calculate an estimate of a cross-license with another company Royalty payments attributable to multiple organisations Monetisation, to compar...
  • Technology Trends
    In the webinar series, we cover each of the platform's solutions. The short webinar below, Have your patent data at eye level, showcases the new features of the interface by walking you through our Technology Trends workflow.Our Customer Experience team looks at how you can track the technologies of today and discover unknown owners of disruptive innovation. We cover the following: Identifyi...
  • Competitive Intelligence
    In our webinar series, we cover each of the platform's solutions. The short webinar below Conducting Competitive Intelligence, will help you to discover who's doing what in a specific technology area. Using a custom competitive intelligence chart set, we will explore the following key areas of analysis: how to find out what your competitors own in your core technology areas how to determin...

Advanced Reports

  • Cross Licensing & the N/D taxonomy of Classifiers
    What is the N/D taxonomy of Classifiers?   The n/d classifiers help with the problem of patent licensing involving companies with large global portfolios in the following scenarios: Cross-licensing, to help calculate an estimate of a cross-license with another company Royalty payments attributable to multiple organisations Monetisation, to compare outcomes of patent sale versus lice...
  • Litigations: Defendant Litigations Export Report
    How to create and interpret the Defensive Litigation report   What is the Defendant Litigation Export Report? The Defendant Litigation export report provides an analysis of the litigations started against your target organisation or cohort. It can offer answers to relevant questions such as: Is there a risk and where? Who is being sued the most? Who is suing them? Are they NPEs or not? ...
  • Litigations: Plaintiff Litigations Export Report
    How to create and interpret the Plaintiff Litigation report   What is the Plaintiff Litigation Export Report? The Cipher Litigation Export Report is an in-depth analysis of the litigation aspect of a Cipher Organisation Report. It can offer answers to relevant questions such as: Is there a risk and where? Who is suing the most? Who are they suing?  Are they NPEs or not? What are the ...
  • PVIX Scores report
    What it is, an overview of the PVIX methodology and how to generate the report   What is the PVIX Scores report? The PVIX (Portfolio Value Index) scores is a metric developed by Unified Patents, and is designed to measure patent portfolio value based on published academic studies. The score is based on three components: Family, Market, and Reputation. The algorithm is described in this post -...
  • Quality Export Report
    What is the quality export report, the methodology, how to create it and how to interpret it   What is the Quality Export report? The Quality export report is ideal if you are dealing with a large portfolio and need a recommendation of which patent families you should focus on first. This report provides you with a suggested ranking which is based on what represents value to you and how you sco...
  • Citations Export Report
    What is the Citations Export report, how to generate it and how to interpret it   What is the Citations export report? The Citation export report provides an analysis based on the forward and backwards citations related to a patent (family). Additional Citation analytics are available in all Cipher reports and they can be accessed from the side menu.   Benefits and example use case scenarios ...
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FAQ

  • User Account Help
    How do I access the Classification platform? You can access via app.cipher.ai.   I’ve logged in, but I want to change my password. You can change your password by clicking the 'cog' icon in the header bar > 'Settings' > Change password.        I forgot my password. You can reset your password here or, email support@cipher.ai   Which browsers support the Classification platform? It is supported ...
  • How to provide feedback and get support
    What we would love to hear about: Positive experiences Requests for features and enhancements Error messages   What happens to your feedback? All feedback is considered by the team which guides product and service development, helping us deliver the best possible service.   How to send feedback Click on the feedback icon and a pop-up window will appear as below. Please fill in the fie...
  • Pro and Lite users
    The functionalities that pro and lite users have access to in the Classification platform   Classification offers two different types of accounts to subscribers: Pro seat Lite seat   Pro seat users: Pro seat users have full functionality and are able to: Generate reports to undertake different analyses Share reports with other existing users. Users will receive an email from cipher...
  • What is a Cipher Family ID?
    Defining a Cipher Family ID and converting patent numbers into a Cipher Family ID   What is a Cipher Family ID? A Cipher Family ID is a reference given to a group of patent families.   How to convert patents numbers into Cipher family IDs To convert patent numbers into Cipher family IDs: 1. Open a spreadsheet with the patent numbers in one column and copy the data onto the clipboard 2. Open Ci...
  • Data Sources
    Cipher's data sources provide you with different insights which are helpful in understanding the innovation landscape. Cipher uses seven different data sources. Need help? Request support and we'll connect you with a Cipher expert. Request Support
  • Accepted Country Codes
    Here is a list of accepted country codes in Cipher.    Country codes are made up of two letters indicating the territory where the patent application was filed or granted (for example GB = Great Britain).    You will encounter these in your Cipher reports, when using the patent upload feature in Cipher, and perhaps also in key word searching.   Need help? Request support and we'll connect y...
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