EPO and Google remove language barriers

eop-google.jpgIn 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 on February 29th, 2012.

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 Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

link to the free 'Patent Translate' service