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New AI translation tool unveiled

|31 October 2016|


A groundbreaking new artificial intelligence based translation tool for patent documents has been unveiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

WIPO Translate “incorporates cutting-edge neural machine translation technology to render highly technical patent documents into a second language”- initially translating Chinese, Japanese and Korean patent documents into English.

“One of the aims of the patent system is to make technology available. Language is a barrier to the universal achievement of that aim. This breakthrough for WIPO Translate means that a vast, and ever-increasing, trove of patent documents will soon be more easily accessible to innovators who search these records for inspiration or technical know-how,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “As part of a global trend, patent applications are increasingly being filed in East Asian languages, particularly in Chinese, and WIPO Translate helps ensure that state-of-the-art knowledge created in these languages is shared as widely and rapidly as possible.”

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Iain is a creative writer, journalist and lecturer, and formerly an editor of two international business publications. Iain is now editor of Innovators Magazine, as well as the strategic content director for OnePoint5Media.


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