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Why Native Speakers of the Target Language are Vital for Medical Translation

January 13, 2012

Within the translation industry, best practice indicates you should always use a translator who is a native speaker of the target language. This is especially important in medical translation.

A native speaker of the target language knows how to translate the the meaning and intent into the cultural and idiomatic language where a non-native speaker might make an error that could have serious ramifications. From affecting the quality of patient care to medical mistakes that result in legal action, Read more about: Why Native Speakers of the Target Language are Vital for Medical Translation  »

How To Select a Legal Translation Provider

January 5, 2012

(This blog is a truncated version of an article that ran in the New York Law Journal last month.)

At most law firms, when a document translation is needed, the usual course of action is to request estimates from several translation companies and pick the cheapest one.

This is not unreasonable. Clients are more cost-conscious than ever, and less likely to obtain a legal translation that comes with a hefty price tag. Read more about: How To Select a Legal Translation Provider  »

EU Patent Could Transform Patent Litigation

December 27, 2011

The EU patent moved one step closer to becoming a reality last Tuesday, after a deal was struck by European Parliament members and the European Council. We’ve discussed the long, hard slog towards an EU patent here and here, focusing on how this would transform the patent prosecution process in Europe, and substantially lower patent translation costs related to validation. But it would also have a big impact on patent litigation, Read more about: EU Patent Could Transform Patent Litigation  »

New Translation of Catholic Mass Receives Mixed Reviews

November 30, 2011

This past Sunday, a new translation of the Catholic Mass was introduced to mixed reviews and a bit of a backlash from parishioners.  Many priests and Catholic scholars also opposed the new version, which makes changes to English-language versions of sections including the Nicene Creed and Priestly Greeting (here are a few examples). To us, it’s a good reminder of how fraught and sensitive translation issues can be, Read more about: New Translation of Catholic Mass Receives Mixed Reviews  »

Legal Translation: Who Should Pay?

November 4, 2011

The costs of legal translation incurred during litigation can be enormous. Document translation fees for a complex, cross-border litigation case can easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. Who should pay for translation services, and should the winner be reimbursed for the huge expense?

The Supreme Court will weigh in on this issue during its 2011-2012 term, which began last month. On the court’s docket is  Taniguchi v. Read more about: Legal Translation: Who Should Pay?  »