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18:33 Dec 6, 2004
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French to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law (general) / intellectual property
French term or phrase: articulation
I've been through the other answers for this term in ProZ glossaries, and still need help. My context is a legal brief in a patent infringement case, and here is the quote:

"Monsieur [X] entretient la confusion lorsqu'en réponse à une question du Conseil de [Y] sur l'articulation de l'article 14 de la Sous-License, il explique que [Y] peut parfaitement bénéficier de la dérogation de l'article 14 deuxième phrase du Contrat de Sous-Licence [etc.]."
Stephanie Mitchel
United States
Local time: 03:12

Summary of answers provided
4 +2enumeration of facts
5hierarchical structure; breakdown of levels
Klaus Hartmann
Charlotte Allen



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enumeration of facts


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agree  VRN
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agree  Assimina Vavoula
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neutral  Charlotte Allen: 'Articulation' does have this meaning in a legal context, i.e. a (usually written) enumeration of the facts of the case, point by point, but I think a more figurative sense of the word is intended here
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This is not intended to be a literal translation, however I think that what is meant here is 'articulation' in the (very figurative) sense of 'its field of application/operation' or 'its breadth of compass'. In other words 'how article 14 works', including who it applies to and how. So I think that 'application' is a less-than-satisfactory but passable rendering.

Charlotte Allen
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hierarchical structure; breakdown of levels

I am positive about the meaning of "articulation" here - it was a false friend I came across a lot during my studies, e.g. in French phonology: unités de deuxième articulation = units on the second (hierarchical) level. It has nothing to do with "expressing" or "uttering sounds or words". However there may of course be a more fitting wording for that idea.

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