MT Summit XI Workshop on Patent Translation

September 11, 2007
Copenhagen, Denmark

Workshop Theme

Patent documents are one of the major application areas of machine translation. The workshop aims to foster research and development of the technology for patent translation by providing a forum in which researchers and practitioners can exchange their ideas, approaches, perspectives, and experiences from their work in progress.

Double submission of papers to both the workshop and the main conference will also be welcomed.

The workshop will consist of 1-3 invited talk(s), presentation of submitted papers, and one panel discussion.

Areas of Interest

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis and classification for patent documents,
  • MT and translation aids for patent documents,
  • Contrastive studies for multilingual patent documents,
  • Language resources for patent translation,
  • Information extraction from patent documents,
  • Evaluation techniques for patent translation,
  • Multilingual patent classification and retrieval.


              9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks


              9:15-10:30 Invited Talk

                            WIPO’s Activities in Patent Translation and Terminology

                            Speaker: Rachel Chrem(WIPO)


              10:30-10:45 Coffee Break


              10:45-12:30 First Session

                            English-Korean Patent Translation System: From To-EK/PAT

                            Oh-Woong Kwon, Sung-Kwon Choi, Ki-Young Lee, Yoo-Hyung Roh, and Young-Gil Kim

                            Phrase Alignment for Integration of SMT and RBMT Resources

                            Akira Ushioda

                            Rule Based Machine Translation Combined with Statistical Post Editor for Japanese to English Patent Translation

                            Terumasa Ehara


              12:30-13:30 Lunch


              13:30-15:00 Talk by Users

                            Speakers: Wolfgang Taeger(EPO) and Takahiko Tohyama(JPO)


              15:00-15:30 Coffee Break


              15:30-17:00 Second Session

                            Patent Documentation –Comparison of Two MT Strategies

                            Lene Offersgaard and Claus Povlsen

                            Error Correcting System for Analysis of Japanese Patent Sentences

                            Shoichi Yokoyama and Shigehiro Kennendai

                            On Portability of Resources for Quick Ramp up of Multilingual MT for Patent Claims

                            Svetlana Sheremetyeva


              17:00-       Wrap-up



              Registration is available on the conference page.


Submission of papers

The workshop invites original submissions in any of the topics mentioned. Any types of papers, including research papers, survey papers and reports on user's experiences, are welcomed. Submissions should be A4, single-column format and not be longer than 3,500 words including figures, tables and references.

Authors are requested to keep their papers anonymous and submit separate cover pages with the following information:

  • paper title,
  • author's name(s), affiliation(s), address(es), and e-mail address(es),
  • 100--200 word summary,
  • some keywords for classifying the submission.

Electronic submissions in PDF format are strongly preferred. The two electronic files should be attached to an email and sent to the following address:

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:

15 June 2007

Notification of acceptance:

30 June 2007

Camera ready submission deadline:

20 July 2007


Workshop Co-Chairs




Jun'ichi Tsujii


Univ. of Tokyo, Japan


Shoichi Yokoyama


Yamagata Univ., Japan

Program Committee




Terumasa Ehara


Tokyo Univ. of Science, Suwa, Japan


Laurie Gerber


Language Weaver, Inc., USA


Chikara Hashimoto


Yamagata Univ., Japan


Munpyo Hong


Sungkyunkwan University, Korea


Hiroyuki Kaji


Shizuoka Univ., Japan


Akira Kumano


Toshiba Corporation, Japan


Sadao Kurohashi


Kyoto Univ., Japan


Shinichiro Miyazawa  


Shumei Univ., Japan


Hiroshi Nakagawa


Univ. of Tokyo, Japan


Naoya Oku


Japan Patent Information Organization, Japan


Tadaaki Oshio


Japan Patent Information Organization, Japan


Birgit Pichat


Lingtech A/S, Denmark


Svetlana Sheremetyeva


Lanaconsult, Denmark


Sayori Shimohata


Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Japan


Eiichiro Sumita


ATR, Japan


Akira Ushioda


Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd., Japan


Takehito Utsuro


Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan