East Meets West 2016 another huge success!

East Meets West 2016 another huge success!

The Iconic team was delighted to attend the EPO East Meets West conference 2016 which took place in Vienna, Austria, from April 21 – 22.

“East meets West” is the European Patent Office’s annual forum on Asian patent information. The forum serves as a regular platform for patent information users around the world to discuss their Asian patent information needs. This year the event took place at the Palais Niederösterreich, historically known as the Niederösterreichisches Landeshaus (‘Estates House of Lower Austria‘), a historical building that dates back to 1513.

Iconic’s Co-founder, Páraic Sheridan, and Head of Business Development, Diane Foley, were in attendance to present a poster titled Intelligent Domain-Adapted Machine Translation which highlights our proprietary machine translation technology, developed for Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese patent machine translation.

Visitors to our poster stand were particularly impressed by custom demos of our new and improved IPTranslator patent file web service . The service is targeted at patent professionals with ad hoc patent translation needs. Our technology boasts highly accurate patent terminology translation and preserves critical information such as chemical names. Users can translate all common file formats, including PDFs with OCR. Although still in beta mode, the pay as you go service is now proving highly popular with patent professionals and specialists alike. Don’t forget to sign up if you’d like to be one of the first users to try out and test this service (contact information below).

There were a number of interesting discussions at the conference this year focusing on patent law and rule changes in both India and China, which tied in well with an interesting session on the harmonisation of patent procedures. There was also a special focus on patent information from Latin America and emerging markets, which provided valuable insights into the growing needs for patent information and machine translation technologies in these regions.

All in all, the event was a huge success and we’re already looking forward to reports from the EPO Patent Information Conference this November in Madrid, Spain!


About East Meets West 2016

“East meets West” is the EPO’s annual forum on Asian patent information. The forum serves as a regular platform for patent information users around the world to discuss their Asian patent information needs.

About Iconic Translation Machines

Iconic Translation Machines is a leading machine translation software and solutions provider who specialises in custom solutions tailored with subject matter expertise for specific industry sectors including legal, life sciences and financial services. Iconic is the MT partner of choice for some of the world’s largest translation companies, information providers, and government and enterprise organisations, helping them to translate more content, more accurately and in less time, resulting in significant cost savings and increased revenue.

If you are interested in a free trial of our IPTranslator web service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

Or for further inquiries please contact Diane Foley at


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