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China to become 2nd biggest international patent applicant in two years

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As reported by China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and official Xinhua news agency, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Francis Gurry said this week that he expects China to become the world’s second biggest international patent applicant in two years.
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“China is arising into intellectual property and technological power; 14 percent of all international patent applications last year were from China. We expect this year to go about 17 or 18 percent, or even higher,” he told the press as WIPO this week unveiled a new neural machine translation tool that automatically translates Chinese patent documents into English.

He said China ranked third in terms of the number of international patent applications filed in 2015. “We might expect it to achieve number two within the next two years,” Gurry noted.

“WIPO initially ‘trained’ the new technology to translate Chinese, Japanese and Korean patent documents into English. Patent applications in those languages accounted for some 55 percent of worldwide filings in 2014.

The high level of accuracy of the Chinese-English translation is the result of the training of the neural machine translation tool, which compared 60 million sentences from Chinese patent documents provided to WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE database by the State Intellectual Property Office of China with their translations as filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The neural machine translation can produce more natural word order, with particular improvements seen in so-called distant language pairs, like Chinese-English. WIPO said users can already try out the Chinese-English translation facility on the public beta test platform.”

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