Useful Translation Apps

Resources for Patent Translations

Patent Apps

Patent Information Pack

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Pronto Patent

Pronto Patent downloads patent document page images from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) web site and automatically creates a multipage PDF of each patent.

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Origin Stamp

OriginStamp is a trusted time-stamping service that can be used free of charge and anonymously. The service enables you to prove that you were the originator of an information (e.g. PDF or audio) at a certain time.

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Discovery Time

What do you know about science and the world of discoveries and patents? Join our time machine and come into the history of inventions. Let us introduce you a vanguard interactive test, which covers a tremendous variety of useful devices and other significant discoveries during human genesis. When were fire and Higgs Boson discovered, when were practical telescope or penicillin invented. You will find all answers in Discovery Time.

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Language Apps

Languages By Lyrics

Lyrics with music can be a powerful tool to assist with learning a foreign language. When words are combined with rhyme and music, the human brain can more readily retain the words in a natural way. This accelerates acquisition of vocabulary and thinking in the new language as opposed to just memorizing it. Music makes learning a foreign language fun.

This application assists a user with obtaining lyrics and translations of foreign language songs in their iTunes library. Two different learning exercises are included. The first exercise prompts the user to select the correct original lyric text while the song is playing. The second exercise prompts the user to select the correct translation for each lyric while the song is playing.

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Medical Conversation

This application is developed to study English, German, French, Japanese, and Chinese for medical professionals such as physicians and nurses. It includes conversation concerning medical history, physical examination, diagnosis, treatment, and inpatients, daily conversation, travel conversation, medical words, and basic words. Important and essential sentences and words were selected to memorize them. There are about 125 sentences and 100 words in total. It does not include sounds. This is good for introduction to learn these languages.

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Wiki Offline

Wiki Offline delivers flexibility and joy for the Wikipedia™ experience. The full text of all Wikipedia articles are stored to your iPhone/iPad/iPod. You will literally hold the world’s knowledge in the palm of your hands. No more worrying about slow internet connections, overage bandwidth charges, or traveling to areas without internet, because with Wiki Offline, Wikipedia will be there for you when you need it. Join the myriad of scientists, teachers, frequent flyers, vacationers, parents, and knowledge lovers whose lives have been improved by Wiki Offline.

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Universal Translator

Universal Translator is the revolutionary translator which allows you to chat with someone who do not speak your language at all. This translator uses Google Talk as chat and it will automatically translate whatever you type to the language that other people speak and translate the response to your language as well. Each side types their own language, the translator will automatically do the translation for the user during the chat. There will be no more language barrier for the world. For example, If you don’t speak Spanish, but you need to talk someone who only speak Spanish. How can you communicate? Just one of you needs to buy this application. After you start to chat, whatever you type will be translated to Spanish and send to the other side. When you receive the response from other side, it automatically translates to your language. 

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Simplified British Sign Language

Learning to sign has so many benefits and this app with OVER 400 Video lessons will quickly bring you up to speed.

App features:
** Edit the video title, subtitle and keep your own set of user notes.
** Move the video around it’s group and even change it’s group.
** Make videos your favourites and give them your own rating
** Search by title or notes 
** View by favourites or rating
** View by history the last ten played or visited videos

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Common Pitfalls In Patent Translation
 

1) “consisting of” vs. “comprising”
In colloquial English, these two expressions typically mean the same thing. Use them interchangeably in a patent, however, and you’re playing with fire.  

“Comprising” means “including”, and is a non-exhaustive list. If a dinner is said to “comprise beef, potatoes and peas,” this does not rule out the presence of other components, such as carrots or parsnips. However, “consisting of” means “only including”, so limits the scope of the invention. This means that a dinner “consisting of beef, potatoes and peas” only contains these elements, ruling out any additional unmentioned components. 

Needless to say, mixing up these two expressions can lead to serious consequences, as the scope of the invention may be excessively limited or conversely overly open-ended. The aim is always for the scope in the source language to be mirrored precisely in the target language. 

2) “substantially” vs. “essentially”

This is a common mistake, in particular when translating from German. The term “im Wesentlichen” in German could conceivably be translated as either, depending on context, but “essentially” should be avoided at all costs unless you are trying to convey the meaning of a “required” feature. Casual use of “essentially” will mean littering your translation with necessary features, which once again has a significant impact on the scope of protection. If in doubt, go with “substantially”.

3)  “admissibility” vs. “allowability”

A slightly more niche distinction, as it’s typically only ever relevant when translating communications between opposing parties. Whereas the two terms seem synonymous at face value, they relate to different stages of proceedings. “Admissibility” determines whether a particular document will be considered as evidence as part of a dispute, whereas “allowability” relates to its relevance once it has been admitted into the proceedings. In other words, before it can be allowed, it has to be admitted. 

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