PATENT TRANSLATION: WHY RELY ON PROFESSIONALS?To understand exactly what patent translation consists of, and why it absolutely must be done by professional translators, it’s important to first understand what a patent is: an extremely complex text that can be of both a technical and legal nature which allows those who have created an invention to be able to exclusively produce and market it in a specific territory and period of time. It is a document of fundamental importance for those who invest in the research and development of innovative products and processes, as it prevents third parties from reproducing and using the invention without authorisation. For all intents and purposes, it is a way of protecting intellectual property.
Features and challenges of patent translationThose who read a patent must be able to understand and possibly reproduce the invention described, as well as identify possible counterfeits by third parties. This makes the translation of patents an extremely delicate task: the language and syntax used must be clear and detailed, since they must ensure total understanding of the text. Translating a patent into the language of the countries where you intend to file them means affirming and protecting its value as concerns international distribution: in fact, translations of intellectual property and industrial property documents are a decisive growth factor for companies seeking to expand abroad. The clarity of a patent’s form and content is an essential feature of this type of document, which are written for various subjects:
- the patentee and his legal representative (agent);
- the official state examiner;
- various levels of Courts which interpret the content in terms of the legislation involved;
- potential investors;
- fidelity to the source text, to safeguard the integrity of the concepts expressed by those filing the patent;
- terminological accuracy, which must strictly follow the standards of the patent material.
- state of the art
- description of the invention
- description of preferential embodiments
- any drawings
- main and secondary claims