See the relationship, find the opportunity

IP-GeoScape® offers a visual landscape of the molecular IP space that reveals the multi-dimensional relationship between molecules within a target area of interest. Designed for the way medicinal chemists, legal professionals and BD&L professionals think, IP-GeoScape is used to guide strategic decision-making across R&D, patenting and licensing.

Put your molecules in the mix
with DesignView

Watch how IP-GeoScape with DesignView functionality helps you find your place in the competitive landscape.

WHY: the power of molecular data through an IP lens

Understand the
competitive space

  • Better understand the competitive space associated with a biological target.
  • See how the molecular IP has developed over time.
  • Identify where competitors are particularly active.

See the similarity,
spot the difference

  • See the commonality at the substructure level across multiple different molecules.
  • Identify structures on which current research is focused.
  • Explore the unoccupied IP space for new molecule research.

Layer the data,
find the solution

  • Layer over additional molecule sets to reveal relationships.
  • Add in extra commercial data to go beyond the molecular.
  • Visualize together to answer key strategic questions.

WHO: the many users of the IP-GeoScape®

& Development

  • New molecule discovery: smartly design molecules that fall within areas not currently being explored through analysis of the occupied and unoccupied IP spaces.
  • Re-targeting: discover new potential uses for existing compounds by revealing molecular relationships with molecules patented for other targets.

Business Development
& Licensing

  • Competitive trend analysis: see where others have been and are working in the IP space, identifying areas of high and low activity to facilitate and guide strategic direction.
  • Deal and partner identification: identify chemical space overlap - showing commonality at the substructure level across multiple different patented molecules, revealing potential opportunities for commercial licensing deals and partnerships.

IP & Commercial

  • Patent prosecution: better understand the relevant IP space to improve intellectual property protection strategies.
  • Freedom to operate: showing levels of (or lack of) commonality between unpublished molecules in development and already patented compounds can help make FTO work more efficient.


The Molecules tab does not have axes, instead the relative distance of one molecule to another is used to indicate relative molecular structural similarity. Similar molecules are clustered together, and similar clusters are close to each other. Therefore, the more similar a molecule is to another the closer they appear on the landscape, with very different molecules positioned far apart.
All IP-GeoScapes contain exemplified molecules from the relevant patents. We specifically include only exemplified molecules because, while the complete genus could be enumerated and mapped, our analysis has shown that the results are unwieldy and no more useful than exemplified only. The exemplified molecules are a representative sample of the genus and will, ultimately, delimit the granted claims.
While we strive for 100% of all exemplified molecules for the relevant patents, some structures are unextractable. However, we always ensure that a sufficient percentage of the exemplified molecules for the relevant patents are featured so users are able to gain the key intelligence they need to do their work.
IP-GeoScape is designed for the way medicinal chemists think and work, facilitating more efficient and effective new molecule discovery. The Molecules tab reveals areas not currently being explored through analysis of, and substructure searching within, the occupied and unoccupied IP space, whilst also showing how molecular IP associated with a target has developed over time, and where competitors are currently active.

The Clusters tab provides a view intended to be specifically useful for molecular design. It provides a simplified, tiled representation of the molecular IP landscape arranged by structural similarity. Each tile, when selected, gives a simple, but powerful, representation of the contents of the cluster by displaying an image of the most representative structure from the cluster with the most common substructure within the cluster highlighted. This tiled view clearly reveals the unoccupied space which are ripe for new molecules, and by selecting the tiles surrounding such spaces, users can see how the chemotypes on opposite sides of the unoccupied space can be merged to create new compounds.
IP-GeoScape is designed for the way legal, business development, licensing and/or patent informatics professionals think and work, delivering actionable IP intelligence in a uniquely visual way. The Molecules tab enables users to see and understand the competitive space associated with a biological target including where competitors are particularly active, and how the molecular IP has developed over time. The Competitive Overview tab then breaks the data down on the basis of who, what, and when- presenting the data by assignee and priority year, revealing at-a-glance which assignees were active when and enabling in depth review of the patents themselves.

The Assignees tab is designed to be primarily used by IP and business development professionals, revealing overlaps in the IP. This overlap information is very useful for IP professionals to scan for potential interference. Not all overlaps mean interference, but they can alert you to the risk. This view is also useful for licensing professionals seeking partnerships or other deals as overlaps in the most recent IP can be indicative of areas of mutual interest. In fact, this precise type of analysis has been successfully used to find both interference and to establish joint ventures in specific areas.