Patent translate removes language barriers

In a major step to improve access to patent documents in multiple languages the EPO launched a new machine translation service, called Patent translate, on the EPO's website. The service uses Google's Translate technology and enables translation from and to English for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish, covering approximately 90% of all patents issued in Europe. By the end of 2014, the service will also be able to translate patents from and into all 28 languages of the EPO member states, as well as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian. added over time.

A next batch including Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian and Norwegian will be uploaded in 2013, and by the end of 2014 the project should be completed for the 32 languages.

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