The current economy model rewards individuals who are inventive. When a new creation has been invented, it is paramount to get it registered with the national patent office. Once the registration is completed, the registrant will have a patent granting him exclusive rights over the invention. A patent is important because it gives the patent owner a 20 years period of monopoly in the market place.
Application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
The PCT is an international agreement between 117 countries to provide an easier patent filling application process. However, inventors should be aware that the PCT system does not provide you with an international patent. By using the PCT, the inventor can file a single patent application with one patent office (e.g. UK patent office) so that he/she can seek for simultaneous protection for his/her invention in the other 116 countries. The application has to be one of the ten publication languages, and that includes Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
It is common practice to hire patent translation services from a professional company to translate your patent application into English. This is because English is still the most frequently used language in business and science. Do go for a reputable translation company because the quality of the work will have a huge impact on your PCT application. One should note that patent translation will not have a very natural writing style because patent translation needs to be written in a legal style that contains specific information. Furthermore, patent description tends to be very technical. Therefore, a professional translation service will ensure that you have a watertight description of your invention.