Licenses and Standards

The Licences and Standards section shows information about patent-related licences and ownership of Standard Essential Patents.

Known licenses

The summary table shows how many inbound (or outbound) licensing agreements are known and attributed to an organisation’s portfolio.

Additional detail can be found below the table. This includes:

  • Effective Date – date of agreement commencement
  • Licensor – name of organisation licensing out the technology
  • Licensee – name of organisation licensing in the technology
  • Description – where known, we identify whether a licence is exclusive or non-exclusive. Cross-licenses are specifically identified. “Various” describes where there are multiple grants within the licence, which cannot be expressed at this level of summarisation.
  • Territory – where known, this indicates the territorial coverage of the licence.  Note that for worldwide licences, there may be different scopes for different rights, and further investigation may be necessary.
  • Details – provides a summary of certain key provisions for the licence. Note: some of the agreements may have expired, but these may be of interest for certain use cases.
  • Financials – provides a summary of certain financial provisions.

Known Standards Essential Patents (SEPs)

The summary table shows the number of patent families from an organisation’s portfolio which have been declared to a number of Standards.


It is worth noting that this only takes into account the patents declared by the owner. Cipher does not analyse the declaration further e.g. how relevant the patents are for the standard or how relevant the standard version is. It is also worth noting that one patent can be declared to multiple standards.

  • Technology: Classification of the standard (as defined by Cipher)
  • Standards: The total number of standards into which the organisation has declared owning essential patents for
  • Essential Patents: The total number of known patent families the organisation has declared as essential to a relevant technical standard
  • Declaration Date: The date range during which declarations were made

Please note that this will not always match the numbers shown in the table as Standards and Patents can be counted against more than one Technology.

Cipher Briefing: What are Standard Essential Patents?