A Technology Landscape report will help you to identify the patents in a particular technology space and who owns them, as well as understand the activity of established players and new entrants.

The search function supports advanced options such as Boolean operators and wildcards, and restricting searches to specific fields. 

Search for patents 

  1. Type your search query in the textbox. This can be either one word, or a combination of words and fields(e.g. IPC codes) that reflect the technology area you are interested insearching. Download the SearchGuide here.

2. Click ‘Search’: Cipher will perform a keyword search of patent titles and abstracts, as well as metadata if specified, to return a list of results.

NOTE: The search supports advanced options such as Boolean operators and wildcards, as well as restricting searches to specific fields. 

3. The list of results will tell you how many patents were found to match your search terms, who owns the patents, the patent titles, and the priority dates. You can now either:

a) Click ‘Create’ to generate a Cipher report where the seed portfolio includes ALL patents from the search results.


b) Under ‘Columns’ click ‘Manual selection’ to review and select only the patents from the search results that you wish to include in a seed portfolio. Click ‘Create’ once you are satisfied with your selection.

4. Cipher will then prompt you to name your report and ask if you want the results to be clustered into technologies.

Note: You can also create a Technology Landscape report by uploading a list of patent numbers. Select the 'Upload data' tab for a Technology Landscape report. This option will provide you with a view of who owns the patents you uploaded.

Interpreting your report

The landing page for your technology landscape report is a treemap: a representation of the size, and change in size over time, of all patents in your technology portfolio. Each ‘box’ represents the number of patents owned by an organisation. The colour indicates the change in proportion or ‘share’ for that cluster over the last 10 years relative to the other organisations in your report.

NOTE: The view is showing you how many patent families are owned by that organisation from your technology search results i.e. this is not showing you how many patent families that organisation owns in total.

Click on any box or data point to reveal a list of the underlying data.

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