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MT Summit XII 3rd Workshop on Patent Translation

August 30, 2009

Hotel Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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. We have successfully made the same workshops in MT Summit X and XI, and will make deeper discussions about this theme.


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,

 - Dictionaries and terminology databases for patent translation,

 - Parallel or comparable corpora for patent translation,

 - Information extraction from patent documents,

 - Evaluation techniques for patent translation,

 - Multilingual patent classification and retrieval.


Invited Talk and Guest Talk


- EPOThe European Patent Office

- JPOThe Japan Patent Office

- USPTOThe United States Patent and Trademark Office

- SIPOThe State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C.

- KIPOThe Korean Intellectual Property Office


Panel Discussion


         Real World Challenges of Patent Translation
       Some of the issues discussed in the panel are as follows:
           - Ongoing MT services and their prospect
           - What are benefits and challenges of MT peculiar to patent translation?
           - What would be the next stage of global MT application following the office action exchange and translation?
           - Other patent processing tools/functions we want to coordinate with MT
           - Future expectation: How far can we expect to go?



  Akira Ushioda (Fujitsu Labs),


  Sophie Mangin (EPO),

  Tao Wang (SIPO),

  Susumu Bani (JPO),

  Dave Talbott (USPTO),

  Philipp Koehn (University of Edinburgh),

  Jennifer DeCamp (MITRE Corporation)




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 names, affiliations, addresses, and e-mail addresses,

 - 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


- June 26, 2009: Deadline for paper submission (Revised new date)

- July 10, 2009: Notification of acceptance

- July 31, 2009: Camera ready submission deadline




Workshop Chair:

Terumasa Ehara, Prof. of Yamanashi Eiwa College, Japan


Shoichi Yokoyama, Yamagata University, Japan


Program Committee