The Unified Patent Court – an oxymoron?

379303639_4c768a3bf5_zFollowing Helen Smith’s post reporting from the Oxford unitary patent conference, I was interested to see this article by Franklin Dehousse, Professor (in abeyance) at the University of Liège and judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union (General Court) – The Unified Court on Patents: The New Oxymoron of European Law. The article forms part of the Egmont Papers, published by the Egmont Institute.

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Google’s T&Cs harder to read than Beowulf

Beowulf.firstpageFollowing on from past posts about readability – Translating through the fog; and The Writer’s Diet test; as well as a great guest post on Lessons in powerful writing (from a lawyer…) – last week I came across some new text analysis software in an article about a browser plug-in called Literatin, which provides a Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) score.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham have calculated that the updated version of Google’s latest terms and conditions is harder to read than Beowulf or War and Peace. 😉

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The demographics of court interpreting for rarer languages

courtinterpBack in March, I published a post about a program in Maine, USA aimed at recruiting and training court interpreters for the purposes of supporting diversity and migrant needs, in particular fulfilling an increased demand for Somali interpreters.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across¹ a case involving a witness speaking a Tanzanian dialect of Swahili, where first a Rwandan, and then a Kenyan had been called in to interpret, with apparently unsatisfactory results on both occasions.

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Innovative lawmaking in Finland

test2I am always interested in Finnish initiatives (they are often very innovative), since acquiring a soft spot for Finland when I was working in the northern part of that country on a European project. I thoroughly recommend a presentation that I came across recently, which explains a crowdsourced lawmaking project in the shape of an “Open Ministry”.

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