EU Patents Getting patent specifications translated properly

Autor / Redakteur: Kathrin Schäfer / Jürgen Schreier

The European-patent validation agency Direct Validation warns against outsourcing the decision of who should translate patent specifications. The service provider offers a patent translation service right alongside its validation capabilities.

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Many patent applicants leave the translation decision to their patent lawyers. Regardless of how good a patent may be, however, many factors are crucial whenever the issue of patent protection in individual countries arises. The quality of the translation, its timing and the overview of the various countries must be exactly right to ensure that errors do not jeopardize subsequent patent protection.

Three months for the translation

Google Translate, now built into the patent research of the European Patent Office, is intended to help break down language barriers. However, once the patent research is finished and the patent granted, validation in the various individual countries ensues. Three months are available for translating the patent specifications correctly and submitting the patent to the several national offices. But the automatic translator has no business there, as patent protection is involved. So, who is responsible for the translation from that point?

A rigorous QA system

At Direct Validation, the process of combined validation and translation is monitored by means of a rigorous quality assurance system from the start. “We take on the validation part in its entirety, from translation through submission and payment of all fees,” says Thomas Marx of Direct Validation. “It is a worry-free process for our customers, exactly as though they’d assigned their lawyers. With us, though, the many intermediate steps are dispensed with, as we have directly recruited our translators and know them personally. With our assurance system we also guarantee timely submission and compliance with all deadlines in the various countries. A unique feature with us is that our customers get a status report even before the three months are up, to show them that we have everything under control.”

For further information:

Direct Validation, European Patent Validations

Munich, Germany

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