Category Archives: Technology

Built-in Quality: How ISO and Other Certifications Ensure Top-Tier Translation

By Jeremy Coombs Edwards Deming, respected 20th Century scholar and revered authority on systems thinking, was fond of pointing out that quality cannot be inspected into a product. How then do you ensure quality, if not through inspection? Those familiar with Deming principals know the answer is to build quality into the product from the [...]

Science or Art? Accurate IP Translations Need Both, Says Coombs

Jeremy Coombs, senior vice president of operations at MultiLing, recently posted an article about the debate of science vs. art in IP translations on the GALA blog. “Is translation a creative process or simply the cold “one-to-one” transformation of words from one language to another? In my experience, art wins out in most debates,” wrote […]

The Human Value in Document Translation – Even When Done by Machine

New reports forecast growth of the machine translation market at nearly 25 percent in the next four years, with technological improvements likely along the way. With such expectations, It’s tempting to believe computers will soon perform professional document translation services well enough that there soon will be no need for human translators. But Jeremy Coombs, senior vice […]

EP Validation Primer: A More Efficient Process for European Patents

MultiLing CEO Michael Sneddon recently authored an article for IP Frontline on how to best manage the patent application process for European patents using the European Patent Office (EPO) system. Filing a patent with the EPO is a unified first step, but then the approved application must also be validated in each member country where […]

Serving Up the Best Content for Translation

While everyone rushes to have valuable content to attract online business, the question of how to best prepare – or create – that content for translation is important to consider. EContent magazine addressed the topic in an article today by Michael LoPresti: Preparing Your Content for Machine Translation. Kevin Nelson, senior vice president of strategy and technology […]

Fundamental Technologies for IP Translation Services

Traditionally, original patent applications are sent out to regional law firms for “processing,” which includes translation as one of the filing services. Patent owners have little say in the cost and quality of patent translation services, and law firms in target jurisdictions generally don’t have enough translation business to invest in technology that enhances the […]

4 Fundamental Technologies for Foreign Patent Filing

The strength of an international patent application, in part, relies on the quality of the patent translation services, and universal translation technology is significantly aiding human translations for more efficient foreign patent filing. While some form of technology has been used for translations since the 1940s – beginning with electronic files rather than paper documents – there are four major […]

Is “Good Enough” an Option for Translation Quality?

Jeremy Coombs, senior vice president of operations at MultiLing, shares new ideas on how to measure translation quality in a contributed column to IP Frontline. This leading IP portal helps the IP community share information and also provides original reporting on IP news each day. Read the complete article from Coombs here.  In his article, Coombs presents […]

GIPC: MultiLing Exec Presents on Reducing Risk in IP

Peter Fischer, MultiLing director of business development for Europe, presented yesterday at the 6thGlobal IP Convention (GIPC) in Hyderabad, India. The topic of his presentation, How to reduce risk in your IP portfolio, focused on what risks are inherent in foreign patent filings and how a centralized translation model can help manage that risk for decreased office actions, decreased […]

Patents and Clean Energy

Technology development and its rapid diffusion are considered crucial for tackling the climate change challenge. In particular, enhancing technology transfer towards developing countries has been an integral part of the global climate change regime since the inception of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Bali Action Plan reaffirmed its centrality, and […]