UBIC Commences Development of an AI-Based Intellectual Property Valuation Tool in a Joint Project With Toyota Technical Development

TOKYO, Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UBIC, Inc. (Nasdaq:UBIC) (TSE:2158) ("UBIC" or "the Company"), a leading provider of international litigation support and big-data analysis services, has commenced development of an AI-based intellectual property valuation tool in a joint project with Toyota Technical Development Corporation ("TTDC").

In recent years, patent surveys in the manufacturing industry have seen a wider range of technology information subject to surveys, resulting in the necessity to study larger amounts of data. This is particularly true for electronic control technologies in the automotive industry, the research and development field of which has recently witnessed remarkable expansion. In addition, competition has been fierce in the automotive technology field relating to safety performance and fuel efficiency among other things, as well as in research and development for next-generation mobility. Accordingly, patent surveys for establishing rights to new technologies end up being labor-intensive processes.

In response to these trends, UBIC is partnering with TTDC in a joint effort to develop the Intellectual Property Virtual Data Scientist (VDS), an AI-based tool for intellectual property valuation. The Virtual Data Scientist, which is under development by UBIC, utilizes artificial intelligence capable of analyzing big data and learning from specialists' decisions. Above all, the tool is able to learn outstanding tacit knowledge for analyses. It also learns from the discerning judgments made by specialists in a specific business domain and from the know-how accumulated in the domain through actual surveys. Therefore, UBIC expects that Intellectual Property VDS will significantly improve the efficiency of patent valuation operations of a company which employs intellectual property specialists (such as people from R&D and intellectual property departments and patent attorneys) by reducing the time spent on the evaluation operations.

Through the development of Intellectual Property VDS, UBIC will help create an environment which allows people working in intellectual property-related functions to concentrate on higher-level survey operations, thereby contributing to the development of the intellectual property field.

About TTDC

Since Toyota Technical Development Corporation (TTDC)'s establishment in 2006 as Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC)'s technological development partner, TTDC has played a key role in vehicle development.

On November 26, 2014, TMC and TTDC have agreed to reorganize TTDC on January 1, 2016.

The reorganization will enable TTDC to focus solely on development support such as intellectual property and effectively utilize its accumulated practical expertise. TTDC will be able to expand its services to support other members of the Toyota Group, thus helping to strengthen the vehicle development capabilities across the entire group.

For more information please visit: URL: http://www.toyota-td.jp/.

About UBIC

UBIC, Inc. (Nasdaq:UBIC) (TSE:2158) is a leading provider of e-discovery and digital forensic services for Asia and the world. UBIC has extensive experience working with electronically stored information composed in Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages and utilizes that expertise for clients involved in cross-border litigation, corporate investigations, intellectual property disputes and much more. At the forefront of e-discovery innovation, UBIC's proprietary Lit i View® platform is moving the industry from "fact discovery" to "future discovery" by allowing clients to analyze e-mail messages and digital communications found in big-data to reveal patterns in human thought and behavior.

For more information about UBIC, contact usinfo@ubicna.com

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CONTACT: Yukari Nakajima UBIC North America, Inc. Tel: (212) 924-8242 yukari_nakajima@ubic.co.jp