Foreign Language Services Awarded New 5-Year Patent Office Contract

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Foreign Language Services signed their third 5-year contract with the United States Patent & Trademark Office late Friday afternoon, building upon an existing 15-year relationship with the agency that is part of the Department of Commerce.

Caroline Myers, co-founder and director of Huntsville’s Foreign Language Services signed their third 5-year contract with the United States Patent & Trademark Office late Friday afternoon, building upon an existing 15-year relationship with the agency that is part of the Department of Commerce. FLS’ core team of forty certified legal and patent translators decipher over 1,500 patents of varying subject matter per year for the agency.

“I think there are two factors that play large roles in our being awarded this contract once again,” says Myers. “Certainly our proven ability to turn a lot of documentation quickly and accurately over the years gives the agency confidence in our work. In addition to that, we made it a point early on in our company’s growth to implement the most advanced tools and software available in the language services industry. As a result, we have an internal process with quality controls in place that guarantee the best translation based on experience and past translations. Having this database helps speed up the translation process to a level that makes it hard for many contenders for the job to compete.”

FLS Project Manager Yasuko Burgett, assisted by Amy Gerhardt, has perfected that process that efficiently produces the many patents FLS translates annually for the Government, and for private law firms. The work involves a wide range of subject matter from very general household-type patents to high-level technical patents and impending trademarks, to working with 46 translators and 4 editors. FLS translates an average of 35 to 45 patents every week from Japanese, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Korean, but they have the capability and representation to work in all 26 languages required by this contract.

According to Myers, the USPTO work began as short-term two and 3-year contracts, but in 2002, they began awarding longer contracts to fewer translation companies. FLS is one of only four companies nationwide chosen for this five-year run.

Foreign Language Services is breaking through the language barrier by providing technical translation and interpretation services to customers in over 80 languages. For more information visit our website at http://www.flstranslation.com, or contact Caroline Myers at 256-881-1120.

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