About being a Patent Translator: Insights into the Field of Patent Translation

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Duration: 30 min. // Your personal link to access the video course is included in the order confirmation.


Patents have their very own and very peculiar style and language. They often present extra challenges such as invented terms that are usually the result of a word being translated from one language into English prior to being translated into a third language. Heike Holthaus will introduce you to so-called “patentese”, the legal jargon used in patents, and will address some of the challenges faced by translators. She will also have a closer look at work prospects in this field such as areas of technology and workload. To round off the webinar, she will provide you with resources for further study. This session is aimed at helping you find an answer to the following question: Is translating patents really for me?

Language English
Speaker Heike Holthaus
Duration 30 minutes
Access 90 days

Additional information


Heike Holthaus is a translator working from German into English specializing in patents and technical texts. She earned a vocational degree as a forwarding agent in her native Germany and worked in this field before taking time out from her professional life to raise her three boys. Heike moved with her family to the United States in 1995. During her years as a homeschooling mother, she established a seasonal artisanal bakery in her home, which she ran until 2012. In 2003, she joined the management team of an import start-up, where she led the negotiations with the German manufacturer of the goods the company sought to import and translated all relevant information for the other board members. Heike received her Certificate in Translation from World Language Services, Dublin, with special merit in 2012. She has since developed her specialty in patent and technical translations through independent study and frequent participation in webinars and seminars. In November 2016, Heike completed an online course offered by Kennametal and is now a Certified Metalcutting Professional (CMP).

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