Rates for Patent Translation
Thread poster: Robin Salmon

Robin Salmon  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:35
German to English
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Jan 22, 2003

Some time ago, someone who works with a large international company told me that patent translation pays really well.

Now I have been given my first patent translation to do, at my normal general rates, which are not high. The language used is not difficult and so I have accepted it.

There are still two days to go to the deadline, and I have now been asked by the same firm if I will do a longer, more difficult patent translation, with a fairly tight deadline.

I feel I am being sucked into something here and wonder if anyone could tell me(privately, if preferred) what a reasonable rate might be. I have two years of experience of translating but have been using both my source languages for around 40 years.

Thanks in advance,


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Nicholas-George Piatkowski
Local time: 05:35
English to Romanian
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Rates for patent translations Feb 18, 2003

Dear All,

Please do not forget that free enterprise means negotiation and fixing of prices,depending of the free market !

Of course patent translations are highly specialized and technical, thus allowing higher rates up to 0,1 -0,15 Euro/ word - for a specialized translator in the field ( chemistry, medical, engineering,aso); but this is not the issue :all depends on term, expertise and how much would the outsourcer want to pay!Example :Translation Agencies or Industrial property Agencies(both state and private) are paying 2,5 US$/page to one free

lance translator and billing foreign client 25-30 US $/page!( It happened in Romania, and still in progress) .

Hope you understand my meaning. Ciao

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