Author: Patent Translations

Overseas clients can be a steady and significant income stream for US attorneys. Typically, foreign applicants, who have already begun prosecution in their own countries, require less hands-on management than domestic filers. Given the added difficulty of shopping for services across borders, they are also more likely to be loyal once a steady relationship has […]Continue reading

A monolingual attorney’s guide to challenging an erroneous translation   Most patent attorneys have seen their share of sketchy translations. Machine translations routinely end up in prosecution histories and, on occasion, are even submitted to court. Likewise, translations produced with more concern for price and speed than expertise, which may have been suitable for getting […]Continue reading

A monolingual attorney’s guide to determining the accuracy of a translation Patent attorneys may have concerns about the accuracy of a translation for any number of reasons. Your suspicions may have been raised by the warning signs described in the previous installment of this series. You may just have a hunch that something is not […]Continue reading

A Monolingual Attorney’s Guide to Assessing the Reliability of a Translation Patent attorneys are increasingly aware that translations can be challenged in litigation, IPR proceedings, and even USPTO prosecution. Even if you are careful to source expert translations for foreign language documents that land on your desk, some cases come with their own translations. Attorneys working on litigation often […]Continue reading

The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS) and Seattle court interpreters will be hosting a day of workshops and panels on October 4th (first Sunday after International Translation Day) and have been kind enough to ask me to speak on translating for legal evidence. Evidentiary translation is an area in which translation (written) and interpretation (spoken) converge. As differs […]Continue reading

Recently, I had the honor of being invited to talk about translation in the New York University SCPS Masters in Translation program, as a guest author in Francoise Herrmann’s Patent Translation course. The students in this class came prepared with many questions that impressed me with the depth of thought that they demonstrated. One question, however, posed by Emily […]Continue reading

“In the end, isn’t translation a matter of personal opinion?” The question was thrown at me by an attorney for the other side who hoped what she was saying was true. If it were, and translations could only be evaluated in the same way we make decisions about fashion or flavors of ice-cream, then the one […]Continue reading

It’s official. I will have the pleasure of presenting at this year’s International Japanese English Translation (IJET) Conference in our home town of Seattle. I am particularly looking forward to this, as this will be the first time that I will do a presentation with someone else, as a team effort. My partner is Masa Kajiki, who runs MK […]Continue reading

I recently had the honor of writing an article titled Translating Patents: Issues in Prosecution, with Bruce C. Hamburg, a partner at Jordan and Hamburg, which was published in the New York Law Journal. You can read the article here.