The EPO provides a free automatic translation service on its online patent database Espacenet. This translation service is called Patent Translate and allows the “access to state-of-the-art technologies for European inventors and businesses by removing the language barrier from patent documentation," according to EPO President Benoît Battistelli.

Last week, the EPO added a second set of European languages to Patent Translate, which includes Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian and Polish. This means that now you are able to make “on-the-fly-translation from, and into, English for thirteen languages” of documents in Espacenet.

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