Spotlight on machine translation at East meets West 2017

Spotlight on machine translation at East meets West 2017

A busy few weeks continued for the team here at Iconic as we headed to the annual East Meets West forum in Vienna, Austria. The event is held by the European Patent Office (EPO) and is a unique opportunity for patent information users across the world to discuss their Asian-specific patent information needs.

The forum is held over two days with a vibrant mix of presentations, poster sessions, round-table discussions and streams.

This year there was a strong focus on technology and in particular Machine Translation (MT). This was evident from the opening round of presentations which saw “New technologies in the patent (information) field” discussed and half of the presentations examining continuing developments in MT, including neural MT.

Following a lively afternoon of round-table discussions and presentations, focusing on recent patent information from China, Japan, Korea and India, the day closed with an evening event in the spectacular Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien). It was completed in 1876 according to plans by Theophil Hansen and is just one of an incredible number of historical landmarks in Vienna.

Academy Fine arts

As in previous years there was a poster session open to participants throughout the event. This provided a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the products and services offered by information providers along with an opportunity to exchange ideas. Visitors to our stand were particularly impressed with the most recent automated solutions we have developed for Asian language translation, and the specific measures we have taken to adapt our proprietary technology to the particular characteristics of patent and intellectual property related documents. Here at Iconic we are continuing to focus our MT development efforts on languages like Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, and ASEAN languages for the growing market for Asian patent information.

In addition to our poster session, we also provided a demonstration of our IPTranslator patent MT service. Our technology realises highly accurate terminology translation and preserves critical information such as chemical names. For patent professionals with ad hoc patent translation needs during searches IPTranslator is an invaluable patent translation tool.

The final day of East meets West continued the MT theme and saw Iconic represented on a unique ‘stream’ panel discussing ‘Quality evaluation of machine translation’. Our Head of Business Development Diane O’ Reilly presented on the factors that impact on MT quality and the ways in which evaluations can be best designed depending on the task at hand. Diane was part of an expert panel of specialists including representatives from the EPO, JPO (Japan Patent Office) and SIPO (State Intellectual Patent Office).

East meets West proved yet again to be an unmissable event and here at Iconic we are already eagerly awaiting the EPO Patent Information Conference in Bulgaria in November 2017.

East Meets West presentation

About East meets West 2017

“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 specialise in custom solutions tailored with subject matter expertise for specific industry sectors including eDiscovery, 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. Iconic is based in Dublin, Ireland.

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