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SpicyIP Tidbit: WIPO Launches Free Multilingual Terminology Database


One of the most important aspects of a patent system is touted to be the disclosure and subsequent usage/sharing of scientific and technological information that would help technological progress. The WIPO’s Pearl initiative is a step towards realizing this aim of patent law. 

As stated “WIPO’s multilingual terminology portal gives access to scientific and technical terms derived from patent documents.  It helps promote accurate and consistent use of terms across different languages, and makes it easier to search and share scientific and technical knowledge.”

The press release that came out yesterday states that the database includes terms found in applications filed through WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty and will soon include other areas of IP such as trademarks, industrial designs etc.

The 90,000+ terms and 15,000 concepts in 10 languages have all been entered and validated by WIPO-PCT language experts and terminologists, who have experience working with technical documents in multiple languages. Regular additions to the data are planned.

Key features include, use of 10 languages, classification of concepts by 29 subject fields, fully validated content/resources, users can rate the quality of results and much more!

See here for the press release and here for the database.

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Aparajita Lath

Aparajita graduated from the WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She was formerly an editor of the NUJS Law Review. She is a lawyer based in Bangalore. All views expressed by her on the blog are her personal views.

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