FRONTEO Obtains Japanese Patent for AI-driven Technology Capable of Identifying Context-dependent Semantic Similarities

TOKYO, Oct. 12, 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 Japan Patent Office has recently issued a Notification of Decision to grant a patent to the Company for its AI-based technology which enables the extraction of context-dependent semantic similarities.

The necessary procedures of patent registration have been executed, and the patent is currently pending issuance.

Patent application number: 2016-78175
Registration number: Pending issuance
Patent application filing date: April 8, 2016

Whether a word is similar to another is highly dependent on the context. For example, “diagnosis” and “inspection” are not likely to be synonymous in everyday context; however, they could refer to similar concepts in a technical context. For instance, in the case of prior-art patent searches, “diagnosis of abnormal behavior” is considered synonymous with “inspection of errors” in the context of “detecting the erroneous state of a robot.”

The innovative AI-based technology covered by this patent enables the Company’s proprietary AI, “KIBIT,” to detect context-dependent semantic similarities. By leveraging this technology, KIBIT can help detect synonyms and generate results with a satisfactory level of accuracy, even when training data is sparse. The technology enhances data analysis accuracy for the Company’s products portfolio - especially “Lit i View PATENT EXPLORER”, a system that provides AI-based patent searches.

"We believe that this patent is a testament to the superior innovation underlying the highly accurate data analytics solutions provided by FRONTEO," stated FRONTEO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masahiro Morimoto. "Our data analytics solutions are expanding into increasingly important business fields, such as healthcare, business intelligence and marketing, where vast data processing is necessary. By further honing our AI-based technologies and expanding our portfolio of intellectual properties, FRONTEO will continue to provide sophisticated data analytics services to people around the world."

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. The 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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