Patent Translation Services

Working with patents, Universe understand the value of intellectual property and makes sure that accuracy and subject matter expertise are critical for quality translation.


Patent Translation by Subject Matter Experts

Universe employs only patent translators and translation editors who hold advanced technical degrees such as M.S.E.E., PhD., or M.D. in engineering, science, medicine, or computer science. All patent translators translate only into their native language, and have extensive background not just in technical translation but specifically in the field of patent translation.


Translation of Patents "For Filing" vs. "For Information"

Sometimes a patent needs to be translated for information only. Such translation is typically required when translating patents for litigation or for investigation of prior art. Translation of a patent "for information" is a more literal translation and closely follows the original patent's content, sequence, and style.

This type of "literal" translation is not suitable when translating patents for filing. The translators working on translation for filing need to understand the differences in regulation, practice, and statutes between Patent Offices of different countries.


Selective Patent Translation Service

Sometimes a patent attorney does not need to have a full translation of the patent or the technical paper. They may be searching for relevant prior art and want to know whether a given published patent or article is relevant enough to warrant a full translation. Or they may just want to have the claims translated.

Universe's Selective Translation Services are tailored to meet the client's unique requests, whether it is translation of an abstract, table of contents, lead paragraphs, headings, claims, or identification of terms that are of key interest to the client. Selective translation service is available in over 100 languages.


Patent "Gisting" vs. Patent Translation

When you need to find out some specific information about the contents of a patent and don't have the need or the time to translate all the specifications, our "gisting" service may be the answer. You can provide us with a list of specific questions about the selected patents or technical papers, and our patent translators with technical background in the scientific field of the patent can scan the documents and provide you with the answer to your questions, or the translation of the paragraphs or claims that are most pertinent to your query. We can often get back to you with the answers within a day or two at a fraction of the cost of a full translation.



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