The Ambercite difference

We founded Ambercite in 2010 to commercialise the ideas of company founder Doris Spielthenner and make patent searching and analytics more accessible and accurate. Doris had a background in the application of advanced social network analytics, and realised that similar principles could be developed and then applied to disrupt the status quo of patent searching and analysis.

Other co-founders brought backgrounds in video gaming (bringing you intuitive interfaces), big data analytics (bringing you far-reaching, real time insights) and patent law and practice. This unique combination of backgrounds ensured that Ambercite had the technical and patent law underpinnings to create a truly innovative product.

Our approach instead relies on the collective wisdom of patent professionals. Each patent citation is an expert opinion by a patent professional that two patents are similar, regardless of keywords or classifications codes.

By applying smart algorithms to the ~150 million patent citations in our database we can leverage off these opinions to help you find the most similar and important patents in your area of interest. This approach can be used as a standalone tool or to extend and strengthen the results of traditional searching.

And why did we found Ambercite? Traditional patent searching and landscaping is often based on keywords and classification codes. While this approach will often be a good starting point, it can be greatly limited by inconsistencies and imprecision in the choice of the terms used in patent searches.

We had first hand experience of the time lost and patents missed due to these limitations - and wanted a better answer.



Initially we focused on patent landscaping using our Network Patent Analysis service, which attracted broad global acclaim, including publication in Nature Biotechnology. Yet, customers asked for an equally powerful application for their day-to-day patent search tasks, which led to the development of the interactive visual patent search engine AmberScope. This in turn led to Cluster Searching and more recently Ambercite Ai - our deceptively simple and yet most powerful product yet . API data products are also available.

We are proud to have a user base including many of the world's leading patent owners,  and to be respected for our unique and pioneering approach.

Ambercite provides a unique approach - which will provide unique results and in a matter of seconds. Because of this, we strongly believe that regardless of what search tools you currently use, that when it comes to Ambercite Ai, that "no search is complete without it".

Are you ready to take your patent searching and analytics to the next level?

Our leadership team


Gavan Farley

Chief Executive Officer

Gavan is a general management executive with a wide international experience in a variety of industries from Hotels & Tourism, Engineering and Factory Automation, and Financial Service, and with .
both Australian & USA citizenship. Gavan is an experienced public company director, corporate adviser with particular interest in early stage technology companies. Gavan has been working behind the scenes for some time now with Ambercite, but is now leading Ambercite on its growth path.


Mike Lloyd

Senior Vice-President, Business Development

Mike has a joint role of Senior Vice-President of Business Development for Ambercite, as well as acting as an IP Economic consultant for Griffith Hack. Mike brings extensive knowledge and experience of IP management and more traditional forms of patent analysis to help apply Ambercite analyses for the benefit of clients. Mike has a background and advanced degrees in chemical engineering and IP law, and has studied and worked in New Zealand, Sweden, Finland and Australia. Mike has published in the areas of chemical engineering, patent management, the value of patents and the use of patent data in in a wide range of publications and forums, and presented on patent analysis in conferences in Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, the US and France. Outside of work, Mike loves riding anything on two wheels, when not helping out at a local junior athletics club.


Ben Palmer

Chief Technology Officer

After completing a degree in computer science and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence in England and France, Ben went on to start his own games development company, successfully creating an original franchise, selling over one million units, and employing over 140 staff. Ben and a small team have also built a virtual 'super computer' from a group of Sony PS3 consoles to process large amounts of data for the purpose of spotting and reporting subtle anomalies in the movement of aircraft in real time, beating over thirty solution in military trials. Ben is passionate about growing very hot chili peppers and is always looking for people silly enough to try them.


Gary Johnson

Managing Director, North America

Gary Johnson overseas Ambercite’s North American operations, and business development. Gary brings an uncommon mix of industry experience, sales and marketing savvy, and a deep understanding of patent analytics, to our clients. Gary’s specialty is selling web-based services on an enterprise-wide basis, primarily to R&D and intellectual property experts. He’s worked for companies ranging from global organizations to small private entities.  But, prefers working for with companies primed for expansion and powered by innovation. Gary graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Southern Methodist University, and holds an MBA in Marketing from The George Washington University. Gary keeps work and life in balance by volunteering to direct a local youth basketball club


Doris Spielthenner


Doris developed NPA™ patent analysis after recognizing the potential to identify key patents and companies through a systematic analysis of their citation linkages. Doris first got interested in network analysis shortly after completing her Master degrees in communications and international business. Doris has since worked in data analytics for a range of business sectors including the pharmaceutical, financial services, law enforcement, and government in Europe, the United States and Australia, and has published in a number of business journals. Doris was a founding partner of FAS.research Austria and its US subsidiary before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers where she advised on Customer Analytics. Besides working with all types of data, she even invented the concept for a reality TV series based on social networks which has been shown in Germany and Austria.


Would you like to become a partner?

We offer commercially interesting and flexible arrangements to partners in the USA, Europe, Central and South America, Japan, and other countries. Ideally, you are an individual or organization who can drive sales by value-adding to the outputs of our software and products providing value to clients and establishing long lasting relationships.

Contact us today to discuss this opportunity.


Griffith Hack (Australia and New Zealand)

Leading Australian patent attorneys and IP advisors Griffith Hack has been working closely with Ambercite since 2009.

In the last three years Griffith Hack has developed deep experience in the application of Network Patent Analysis™ (NPA™) and AmberScope to help provide client outcomes. This includes the provision of advice in relation to strategic planning, patent valuation, patent searching, patent validity and patent drafting for clients in Australia, New Zealand, the US and South East Asia. Griffith Hack is a licensee of Ambercite in Australia and New Zealand, and should be the first port of call for clients in Australasia interested in gaining full benefit from the advanced patent searching and analytics methods being developed by Ambercite.


EurExploit (UK and Europe)

EurExploit in Leicester has partnered with us to market Ambercite in the United Kingdom. EurExploit Ltd (EUX) is an EC/REA-registered SME in the UK that specialises in helping other European SMEs to valorise and exploit their Intellectual Property. Founder, Ian McKay, formerly of PERA, a technology consulting firm in the United Kingdom, brings to Ambercite the perspective of the research and technology community in the UK and Europe. His expertise has helped Ambercite fine tune our products for these sectors. Contact EurExploit or +44 (0) 7813 890 183

Ideacast LLC (Japan)

Ambercite has partnered with IDEACAST LLC from Tokyo to market Ambercite products and services in Japan, under the website. IDEACAST has deep experience in the business, legal and intellectual property industries in Japan, and helps us understand this important market better. IDEACAST can be contacted on or 090-9853-3430.




Innovation Management Research Institute

The Innovation Management Research Institute™ (IMRI) was founded in 2016 by Louis Bouwer to serve as a platform to fund contract research, promote consulting opportunities and share the Capabilities-Driven Innovation Management™ framework.

The vision and purpose for IMRI is to develop a roadmap that can guide corporations, firms, SMEs, startups, universities, clusters, industries and governments to manage innovation sustainably in a predictive manner as a business function.

IMRI is helping Ambercite grow in the exciting market of South Africa, and the rest of Africa.

Louis Bouwer of IMRI can be contacted on +27 76 051 6430, or


A fellow Australian startup we collaborate with TrademarkVision mostly around market education of improved IP search tools. TrademarkVision is an online trademark service which uses image recognition to simplify and improve trademark searching and monitoring. Currently, trademarks are searched by describing a logo using words or codes, which can be very subjective and generate a lot of irrelevant results while missing relevant ones.

TrademarkVision's image recognition technology solves that issue by matching based on visual similarity. The company has been commercialising award-winning image recognition technology developed through years of computer vision research at NICTA. It’s CEO Sandra Mau said “With the large number of logos and other brand images being generated daily, text search is not sufficient to secure a brand. Our vision is to grow our Australian image search tech innovation into a global standard.”

Legal overview

At Ambercite, we take your legal rights seriously.

For this reason we have developed policies covering:

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These policies apply to all products and services from Ambercite,

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