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[ntcir:151] IP&M Special Issue on Patent Processing CFP


Special Issue of Information Processing & Management on
Patent Processing


The processing of intellectual property documents, such as patents, is
important in the industry, business, and law communities. Recently,
the importance has also been recognized in scientific research
communities, specifically, for information retrieval and natural
language processing. In ACM SIGIR 2000 and ACL 2003, workshops on
patent processing were held. The NTCIR Workshop have been organizing
the Patent Retrieval Task since 2001.

This special issue is intended to provide advanced research papers
addressing patent processing. If you wish to submit a paper
presented at a conference or workshop, we strongly encourage you
to enhance the content, for example, by combining more than one
conference paper or elaborating on technical details, deep analyses
for experimental results, and discussions for related work.

We invite research papers associated with, but not limited to, the
following topics.

- patent retrieval

technology survey, invalidity search, cross-genre retrieval (e.g.,
associative retrieval between newspapers and patents), cross-language
retrieval, integration of content-based and metadata-based retrieval,
user modeling/interaction for processional patent searchers

- patent classification

categorization based on International Patent Classification and F-term,
statistical approaches, machine learning techniques

- natural language processing for patent processing

text summarization, readability enhancement for claims, machine
translation, natural language generation of claims, term extraction,
thesaurus production, ontology construction

- analysis

data/text mining for patent database, automatic patent map generation

- data engineering

document structure models and markup languages for patent documents

Important Dates:

September 1, 2005: Submission due
November 1, 2005: Notification to authors
January 9, 2006: Submission due for revised version

Special Issue Editors:

Atsushi Fujii (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Makoto Iwayama (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Noriko Kando (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)


Atsushi Fujii
Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies
University of Tsukuba