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U.S., E.U., Japan To Use Automated Translations To Speed Up Patent Processing

Law360 (December 12, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Patent offices in the U.S., the European Union and Japan are launching computerized translations to cut down on the time required to screen patent applications, according to Japanese daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

The planned measure will be implemented as part of a tripartite effort to introduce common criteria for screening patent applications, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed government sources.

At present, applications filed in several countries are examined separately by the authorities in each. The new plan calls for using translation machines so a country can...
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