Submission Guidelines

Submission must be in English, in PDF, and in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTex, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from ACM Website ("sigconf" template for LaTeX; Interim Template for Word)

  • Submissions should be at most 8 (full) or 4 (short) pages (including figures and references) in length.
  • Submissions should be submitted electronically via EasyChair:
  • At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, and present the work in person at the workshop.
Important Dates:
  • Submission deadline: April 25, 2023
  • Acceptance notification: May 23, 2023
  • SIGIR PatentSemTech2023 workshop: July 27, 2023

List of Topics

We encourage submissions of high quality research papers on all topics related to the IP domain. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Text mining and retrieval from patents, legal documents, or other scientific-technical information sources
  • Machine learning methods, in particular deep learning methods for
    • Representation learning (word and document embeddings)
    • Query expansion
    • Clustering and classification
    • Recommendation
    • IPC/CPC prediction
    • Trend detection
    • Entity extraction
  • Semantic approaches for
    • Linking semantic information
    • Integrating external knowledge sources
    • Semantic enrichment
  • Methods and applications for retrieving, mining, and analysing, including
    • Patent landscaping
    • Hot spot / White spot analysis
    • Multi-modal analysis
    • Technology trend analysis
    • Innovative user interfaces
    • Visual user interface concepts


We solicit two types of submissions: full papers and short papers for three tracks: research, demo, and summarization task. Full papers will be limited to 8 pages (including references); short papers will be 4 pages (including references).

The submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two program committee members and evaluated based on innovativeness, novelty, interestingness, and impact. We plan for three tracks:

Research Track
  • Novel applications of existing state of the art methods for the IP domain
  • Novel methods or tasks in the IP domain
  • Novel user interfaces for the IP domain
  • Novel evaluation or analysis insights in the IP domain
  • Novel benchmark datasets or other resources of interest
  • A survey or overview related to a particular task in the IP domain

Demo/System Track
  • We solicit demos, case study, insights, or novel ideas from industry that present
  • Focused case studies making use of semantic technologies or machine learning
  • Interesting IP-related task descriptions or best practices for patent analysis
  • In-use systems or prototype implementations of semantic technologies
  • Demos on processing or analysing data from the IP domain, or user interfaces
  • In-use resources related to patents or external resources, e.g., linked open data.

Summarization Task Track
  • Within the patent text mining community, especially from the industry, there is an interest in developing text mining tools targeting text summarization.
  • Participants are free to use publicly available data sets to train their models. We recommend exploring US Patents, which many contain the text section SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION.
  • We will also publish a small training and test data set on the 23rd of February. The provided data set is composed of patents within the field of Green Plastics Technology.
  • Participants are asked to submit a short (4 pages) scientific paper, which will be peer-reviewed by the workshop organizers. The most interesting submissions will be invited to present their solution at the workshop.
  • Furthermore, we will have an additional interactive evaluation to reflect a more real-life scenario at the workshop, making it possible to evaluate not only the performance in terms of F1, ROUGE, recall, precision etc., but also efficiency. Therefore the invited participants will be asked to set-up their solutions as a service and provide a REST API. Input will be a patent document (PDF,DOCX), and output should be a summary of not more than 700 words.


Accepted papers will be published as CEUR ( proceedings. Selected contributions will be invited to submit extended, full papers to Elsevier’s World Patent Information (WPI) journal:


The workshop will be held in conjunction with SIGIR 2023. See SIGIR | Taipe | Taiwan | 2023


All questions about submissions should be emailed to: and