Why translation is important - man signing legal documents

Translation is a skill that’s used in many industries across the world, for a variety of reasons, but it’s often taken for granted. Perhaps you’ve never had to use translation, or you’ve only used it for fairly trivial things. If that’s the case, you might not know why translation is important.

However, as Spanish rail company Renfe found out, it could mean the difference between winning or losing a legal case.

Why translation is important if you’re involved in a legal fight

Spanish rail company Renfe registered a logo with the acronym ‘AVE’ and a bird device with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), but a German man called Stephen Hahne filed a suit to block the use of the logo on transportation vehicles. The EUIPO initially upheld this, but Renfe decided to pursue an appeal.

EUIPO advised Renfe that they had one month to refile the complaint in the original language, English, of the complaint, but Renfe failed to do so.

Renfe later took the case to the EU General Court, using a piece of copyright law called “restitutio ad intergrum”, which allows the original holder of a trademark to have their rights reinstated if they failed to meet the time limit of a case in spite of exercising due care.

However, the Court denied this, ruling that because Renfre had failed to submit the required paperwork in time, they had failed to exercise due care.

One simple document can make all the difference

If Renfre had simply had the complaint document translated in time, they could have avoided the ruling that denied them the use of their trademark. This is why translation is important – in business, it can make all the difference.

Translation of important contracts needs to be carried out accurately and diligently, for example, or the contract could become null and void, losing you business and clients in the long run.

If you need important documents translated, you need expert help and a translation service with a track record. For over 30 years, All Languages has worked with companies large and small, translating their important documents accurately and efficiently.

We’d be happy to do the same for you! For a quick quote, get in touch and let us know your requirements.

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