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SALT LAKE CITY, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MultiLing, the innovative leader in intellectual property (IP) translations and related support services for foreign patent filings by Global 500 legal teams, today announced the major expansion of its operations in Asia, including the opening of a new office in Taiwan and more than doubling its offices in China, Japan and South Korea. The more than 270 percent increase in office space – required to accommodate the additional employees already hired or expected shortly – strongly positions MultiLing to meet the increasing demand for IP translation services across Asia.
According to the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2013, in 2012, for the first time, China accounted for the largest number of patents filed throughout the world (560,681). In addition, the State IP Office in China accounted for the largest number of applications received by any single IP office worldwide (652,777). Japan ranks second in the number of patents filed, followed by the United States, then South Korea.
"According to a recent study of IP translations, errors in patent applications that open litigation risk are most frequently found when translating patent applications to and from Asian languages," said Michael Sneddon, founder and chief executive officer, MultiLing. "With our new office in Taiwan, and larger offices in China, Japan and Korea, we're expanding our Asian region capacity to provide legal teams with the right people, processes and technologies necessary for high-quality translations that reduce related costs, decrease office actions, minimize litigation risks and reduce time to grant."
Growth in Asia
Taiwan: MultiLing's new office in Taiwan is located in Taipei City. According to the U.S.-Taiwan Connect organization, the island's thriving economy is based primarily on high-tech exports, with Taiwan ranking as one of the most important links in the global supply chain of technology products. In fact, Taiwan is home to more than half of the top 100 IT companies in Asia, as well as research and development centers for 30 multinational companies, including HP, Dell, IBM, Intel, Corning, DuPont and Microsoft.
"China is an increasingly important market, and our office in Tianjin has successfully handled translation to and from Simplified Chinese for many years," said Adam Bigelow, Asia regional director, MultiLing. "However, Taiwan is a thriving market of its own, and we're receiving a growing number of requests for Traditional Chinese translations as well. Completing translation work in the location where Traditional Chinese is written better serves our clients and follows our global processes of providing native, scientific, engineering, legal and linguistic human talent to Global 500 legal teams."
China: MultiLing's new China office is located in Tianjin, the sixth largest city in China and 30 minutes from Beijing by high-speed train. As a harbor city with a freight handling capacity of 400 million tons, Tianjin is one of China's economic hotspots. It is governed directly by the Peking authorities and therefore has the same status as a Chinese Province. More than 280 of the Fortune Global 500 companies have established branches in the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA).
Japan: In August 2013, MultiLing moved into a new, modern office in downtown Yokohama, a port city just outside Tokyo that is home to the headquarters of Nissan, Fuji Xerox, and other global enterprises. MultiLing's office is located in the heart of the city, near government buildings and adjacent to Yokohama's picturesque Chinatown.
South Korea: In January, MultiLing doubled its office space in Seoul, Korea, by moving up one floor in its existing office building. In the past year, this office hired numerous employees that formerly worked as professional IP researchers in the Korea Institute of Patent Information (KIPI), run by the Korean government.
Founded in 1988, MultiLing is the innovative leader in IP translation and related support services for foreign patent filings by Global 500 legal teams. The company defined and continues to drive best practices for foreign patent filings, which include in-country native linguists, scientists, engineers and legal specialists who interact through processes and technologies that increase quality, consistency and on-time delivery at a fair value. After partnering with MultiLing, multinational clients such as Procter & Gamble, Yokohama Rubber and Dow Corning experienced increased patent filings, decreased office actions, reduced invalidation risk and faster time to grant.
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