FRONTEO Obtains U.S. Patents for AI-based Technology Enabling High-level Text Analysis

TOKYO, Sept. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FRONTEO, Inc. (“FRONTEO” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq:FTEO) (TSE:2158), which provides big-data analytics services using its proprietary Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) engine, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has recently issued a Notice of Allowance for the Company’s high-level text analysis technologies.

The necessary procedures for patent registration have already been executed, and the patents are currently pending issuance. The FRONTEO’s products and services suite, which is underpinned by Company’s proprietary AI engine “KIBIT”, is now protected in the U.S., enhancing FRONTEO’s core AI-based technology portfolio and profile in the U.S. market.

Description of the U.S. Patents:

U.S. Patent application number: 14/472, 296
U.S. patent registration number: Registration number pending issuance
Priority data: February 29, 2012
U.S. application date: August 24, 2014
U.S. Patent application number: 14/866, 016
U.S. patent registration number: Registration number pending issuance
Priority data: March 30, 2012
U.S. application date: September 25, 2015

The innovative AI-based technologies covered by these two patents enable the learning of abstract criteria associated with human reasoning from a small amount of textual data, in addition to the evaluation of new and unseen data based on the acquired criteria. These technologies can be used to streamline the analysis of vast amounts of documents (big-data). The patented technologies are fundamental for FRONTEO’s proprietary AI engine, KIBIT, and the Company has now officially been granted the exclusive rights to these technologies.

The FRONTEO’s product and service portfolio building on KIBIT, is now protected in the United States. FRONTEO intends to continuously strive to fortify its intellectual property position worldwide, and to promote the Company’s profile in the big-data analytics field as one of the primary pillars of its strategies. FRONTEO sees these patent acquisitions as an achievement of its strategic efforts.

The technologies, which are now patented in the U.S., have already been patented in Japan with the patent numbers 5850973; and 5898371.

About FRONTEO, Inc.
FRONTEO, Inc. (“FRONTEO”) (Nasdaq:FTEO) (TSE:2158) supports the analysis of big data based on behavior informatics by utilizing its technology, "KIBIT". FRONTEO's KIBIT technology is driven by FRONTEO AI based on knowledge acquired through its litigation support services. KIBIT incorporates experts' tacit knowledge, including their experiences and intuitions, and utilizes that knowledge for big data analysis. FRONTEO continues to expand its business operations by applying KIBIT to new fields such as healthcare and marketing. FRONTEO was founded in 2003 as a provider of e-discovery and international litigation support services. These services include the preservation, investigation and analysis of evidence materials contained in electronic data, and computer forensic investigation. FRONTEO provides e-discovery and litigation support by making full use of its data analysis platform, "Lit i View®", and its Predictive Coding technology adapted to Asian languages. The company name was changed from UBIC, Inc. to FRONTEO, Inc. as of July 1, 2016.

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