Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The European and Chinese patent agencies signed an accord that will speed up translations of patents in both languages in a bid to improve access to the offices’ information for researchers, scientists and inventors.
The European Patent Office and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China agreed to cooperate to give access to a free Chinese-English translation service through the Internet by next year, according to a joint e-mailed statement today.
“The agreement breaks new ground in the relationship between both regions in that it will bring the wealth of technology contained in patents to the fingertips of innovators on both sides, removing language as a delimiting factor,” said Benoit Battistelli, president of the Munich, Germany-based EPO.
With a growing technology market around the world, the number of patent applications filed globally is growing annually and reached about 1.8 million in 2010, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization. Many of these applications originate from China and Europe, or take effect in these regions, the EPO said.
The EPO isn’t part of the European Union and has 38 member countries. The EPO offers the closest thing currently available to an EU-wide patent.
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