EU patent translation proposals

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The European Commission has published a draft regulation that would allow applications for the proposed EU patent to be submitted to the EPO in just one of the office’s official languages – English, French and German. The claims would have to be translated into the other two languages. Under the plans, which were revealed  by Margot Fröhlinger at the IP Business Congress in Munich last week, machine translations would be made available for purposes of research and dissemination. In case of litigation the patent owner would be obliged to provide a full translation of the patent into the language of the alleged infringer and also to the court hearing the case if so required.

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