Google released an update to its Google Translate system that incorporates the European Patent Office (EPO)'s parallel patent texts and allows translation between English and French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish.
Google in March 2011, signed an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) to break down linguistic barriers and improve the machine translation of patents.
"This improved system is now part of the EPO's Espacenet service, and goes under the name Patent Translate," blogged Google. Espacenet provides free access to millions of patent documents worldwide - and its users can use Patent Translate to read patents from around the world in their own language.
Here's a video that shows how it works: