The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has developed a new “artificial intelligence”(AI) based translation tool for patent documents.
According to WIPO, patent applications in Chinese, Japanese and Korean accounted for 55% of filings worldwide in 2014.
WIPO plans to extend the technology to French patent applications, with “other languages to follow”.
The translation software technology has been shared with other organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization, International Telecommunication Union, International Maritime Organization and the World Trade Organization.
Francis Gurry, director general of WIPO, said: “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.”