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Why is there a price variance in patent translation within the same language?

The price variance in patent translation within the same language can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the cost of patent translation is significantly influenced by the industry. For instance, biotech and pharma companies tend to spend more on patent translation as their applications are usually translated into twice as many languages compared to other industries. Secondly, the cost of living in the country where the translation is being done also plays a role. It is more expensive to hire a translator in high cost-of-living countries such as Sweden and Japan, and more affordable in countries with a lower cost of living, such as Spain and China. Thirdly, the lack of industry transparency can lead to dramatic price variance even within the same language. In many cases, these price disparities reflect the quality of the finished product. High-quality translations require a translator with specialized technical skills to translate complex industry jargon and legal patent language, which can be more costly. Lastly, the purpose of the translation also affects the cost. Translations for filing purposes, which serve as the official record of your patent in the foreign nation, may require more time and effort compared to information translations, which are typically used for patents that have already been filed and are needed as legal evidence.

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