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PATExpert (Advanced Patent Document Processing Techniques)
Tasks that ultimately require knowledge-based multimedia techniques (content-oriented search, assessment, abstracting, etc.) are still to a major extent carried out manually. PATExpert's overall scientific goal is to change the paradigm currently followed for patent processing from textual (viewing patents as text blocks enriched by "canned" picture material, sequences of morpho-syntactic tokens, or collections of syntactic structures) to semantic (viewing patents as multimedia knowledge objects) processing. PATExpert will develop a multimedia content representation formalism based on Semantic Web technologies for selected technology areas and investigate the retrieval, classification, multilingual generation of concise patent information, assessment and visualization of patent material encoded in this formalism, taking the information needs of all user types as defined in a user typology into account. PATExpert's technological goal is to develop a showcase that demonstrates the viability of PATExpert's approach to content representation for real applications. The composition and the competence of the Consortium, ensure the achievement of these goals.