Job opportunity – Intercultural & language professional

The European Parliament has decided to organise an open competition for the Directorate-General for Translation. The competition notice covers 10 languages: Spanish, Danish, German, Estonian, Greek, Irish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, and Finnish.

Based in Luxembourg, intercultural and language professionals facilitate communication, in their mother tongue, between the European Parliament and the general public. Continue reading

Call for papers – Public Service Interpreting & Translation in the time of COVID-19

I am pleased to pass on a call for papers relating to a special issue of FITISPos International Journal, guest edited by Dr Samantha Cayron, a research fellow and lecturer at the TRANSIUS Centre in Geneva. Her PhD research, highly relevant for practitioners, relates to the French-Spanish certified translation of notary public documents in the probate field.*

The Special Issue is entitled “Public Service Interpreting and Translation (PSIT) in the time of COVID-19: The impact of the pandemic on PSIT and its future developments“. Continue reading

Guide to Espacenet

I’ve discovered a very clear introductory guide for translators to the new tools of the European Patent Office (EPO) database. It is a recap of “Befriending the new Espacenet tools for patents translation”, a session at the last ATA conference.

The recap was published earlier this month by the Law Division of the American Translators’ Association and is written by Françoise Herrmann, a freelance translator and interpreter (French and English) specializing in medical and patent translation. She has taught patent, medical, and technical translation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and New York University.

“The New Espacenet interface is now accessible in all the national languages of the Patent Offices connected to the database. Continue reading

IP Kat

As you can see, I’m rolling with the intellectual property theme this week. If you translate any matters to do with IP, the blog IP Kat is a sine qua non. It is ranked “Most Popular Intellectual Property Law Blawg” and “Most Popular Copyright Blawg” of all time according to Justia rankings of March 2021.

Since June 2003, the IPKat has covered copyright, patent, trade mark, designs, info-tech, privacy and confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective. Continue reading

Patent Cooperation Treaty glossary

The World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva makes available a Patent Cooperation Treaty Glossary.

WIPO recommends it as “a useful tool for Offices and applicants in understanding the PCT and drafting or translating PCT documentation”. The glossary is available in French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and English – you change languages using the roll-down menu at top right of the website. Continue reading

Monday smile – Copy cat-erpillar

Today’s smile continues our “batch” of cake- and bread-related mirth.

The Spectator mazagine reported:

In news that shook the world of children’s parties, office birthdays, and millennials, Colin the Caterpillar went to war. M&S has filed an intellectual property claim with the High Court against Aldi, in an effort to protect their chocolate-covered swiss roll celebration cake, and demanded that Aldi stop selling their copy cat-erpillar, Cuthbert.

The action has caused quite a stir – there is a hashtag #FreeCuthbert…

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A Conversation with Professor Sir Robin Jacob

To celebrate World IP Day*, the Faculty of Laws at UCL has organised an online panel talk with the eminent Professor Sir Robin Jacob.

Having enjoyed a distinguished career spanning 40 years as a leading member of the IP Bar, a High Court Judge and then a judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, he has left an indelible mark on IP laws in the UK and influenced the law’s development in Europe and beyond. Continue reading

Earth Day 2021

Today is Earth Day. Since 1970 it has been a day to highlight positive action for our planet and the environmental movement, with more than 75,000 partners in over 192 countries. 

There will be a live digital event at earthday.org, which begins at 12 pm US Eastern Time. Workshops, panel discussions, and special performances will focus on Restore Our Earth™ – natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. Continue reading