eCAPITAL Exit: Leading IP intelligence company IPlytics acquired by RELX Group

Today, the publicly listed RELX group announced that it has acquired IPlytics, a leading company in the IP intelligence market and portfolio company of deep-tech VC investor eCAPITAL. In this transaction, eCAPITAL successfully sold all of its shares in the company.

LexisNexis Legal & Professional, part of RELX, today announced that it has acquired IPlytics, a leading IP intelligence company that enables the analysis of technology landscapes and competition for industries where standards and patents matter by providing access to multiple databases connecting patents, Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), standards, and technical standards contributions. The acquisition extends the vision of LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions to bring clarity to innovation and help companies worldwide to be more effective at bringing meaningful innovations into the world.

The Berlin-founded startup IPlytics has developed software providing analysis into the past, present, and future of standards-essential technology with fast, intuitive access to SEPs, standards contributions, and standards documents. The IPlytics Platform enables users to align SEP patent portfolio strategy and continuous portfolio development as it relates to SEP assets, to understand the SEP competitive landscape, and to support initiatives such as licensing, acquisitions, due diligence, and analysis of whether to join patent pools. The company has also developed algorithms to predict the essentiality of patent claims and standards sections and a patent portfolio’s value for standardized technologies.

We are delighted to welcome the IPlytics team to LexisNexis. IPlytics is seen as the gold standard for Standard Essential Patents and standard contributions in the IP community. The combination of LexisNexis and IPlytics will bring high quality, business-critical standards-related insights to our customers worldwide that support better decision-making.

Andrew Matuch, Intellectual Property Solutions President, LexisNexis

It is with great enthusiasm that we join forces with LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions. When we began discussions with LexisNexis, we immediately saw the huge potential to jointly drive innovation. At our core, we want to transform the future of market intelligence through better data and analytics and radically change how companies interact with business-critical information. This collaboration allows us to realize this vision.

Dr. Tim Pohlmann, Founder and CEO, IPlytics

We congratulate Tim Pohlmann and the whole IPlytics team and we are convinced about the huge potential for the integration with the existing products and worldwide customer base of RELX.

Dirk Seewald, Partner, eCAPITAL AG

Through the strong growth in the years since our initial investment, IPlytics has shown the enormous value it creates for its customers by analyzing and connecting IP- and especially Standard Essential Patent-related information.

Steffen Reinecke, Principal, eCAPITAL AG

Along with the other recent exits such as the acquisition of envelio by E.ON, the sale of IPlytics to RELX marks another successful B2B software & information technology exit for eCAPITAL and, once again, underlines eCAPITAL’s successful track record in this sector.

The financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

About IPlytics
IPlytics was founded in 2014 by Tim Pohlmann and a team of economists, data scientists and data engineers. Born out of Pohlmann’s PhD theses about the statistical analysis of standard essential patents (SEPs), the IPlytics team combined its knowledge about patent valuation methods, Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence to develop the intellectual property intelligence solution IPlytics Platform. IPlytics is Berlin headquartered and has a presence in the US, Japan, South Korea and China.

About RELX
RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs over 30,000 people, of whom almost half are in North America. The shares of RELX PLC, the parent company, are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. The market capitalization is approximately £38.2bn, €42.3bn, and $47.5bn.

Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL is an entrepreneur-led venture capital investor focusing on early- and growth-stage deep-tech companies with a positive impact on society. eCAPITAL is based in Germany and invests with its own funds with a total volume of over € 340 million in the areas of Sustainability, Enterprise Software, Cybersecurity, IoT and New Materials. In addition to financial resources, eCAPITAL offers its portfolio companies strategic support and access to an international network of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and founders and was lead investor in various deep-tech companies such as sonnen, Novaled or Jedox, which were sold very successfully to international strategists or investors.

IPlytics GmbH
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Ohlauer Str. 43
10999 Berlin
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Hafenweg 24
48155 Münster
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