The Who, What, Why and Wherein of Patent Claims: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Claims

Intended for translators who are at the start of their careers and are interested in patent translation, and for experienced translators who are interested in expanding into patent translation, this presentation will provide a basic introduction to patent claims: what they are, why they are important, and some of the reasons why they are drafted the way they are. The presentation will look at claims drafted in English and in Japanese to compare and contrast common structures across languages, and will examine some of the issues that arise during the translation of claims.