Author Archives: Kirameki Translations, Inc.

About Kirameki Translations, Inc.

Kirameki Translations, Inc. is a patent translation boutique that has, along with its predecessors, been providing translations since 1978. Our clients are major Japanese manufacturers, law firms, and patent firms, and US law firms. Unlike translation brokers, we were founded and are run by translators.

Court Reporting Firms and Law Firms: Stop Treating Deposition Interpreters as if you Owned Them

A recent incident involving interpreting services for depositions has prompted me to expose what has for some time been a very distasteful deception that has been practiced by court reporting agencies and law firms in the US. The problem was discovered … Continue reading

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USPTO Head Talks About Abusive (Troll) Patent Litigation

Bloomberg featured an interview with Michelle Lee, the head of the USPTO, in which she discussed doing something about what she calls abusive litigation.  She veers away from the commonly used “troll” to describe the entities that usually initiate such … Continue reading

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Translation Agency Erklaren Leaked Classified Nuclear Document: Why Care is Required to Protect Your Sensitive Documents

A security breach at a Tokyo translation company was recently reported in the Japan Times.  Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority reports that Erklaren, a translation agency in Tokyo, sent a classified document to be translated for the NRA to an outside translator without … Continue reading

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Hot and Cold Running Interpreters? Not Likely.

Recent weeks have seen a moderate stream of sudden requests for interpreting services at extremely short notice.  These inquiries seem to have some common characteristics. Originated by people who, from the content of their inquiry, appear to never have used … Continue reading

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The Mostly Incredible (in the True Sense of the Word) Japanese-to-English Translation Brokering Industry

Surprises Abound.  For translation consumers commissioning Japanese-to-English translation, it is usually difficult or impossible to evaluate the capabilities and business ethics of companies purporting to execute translations for you and easy to believe what they put out as their sales pitch.  “Purporting” … Continue reading

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The Growing Lack of Respect for Copyright Material

In an article title “Sony Pictures cautions press over hacking leaks” (December 15, 2014), BBC reported on the problems Sony has had with the hacking of its website, including the publication of private e-mails between celebrities.  Subsequently North Korea was accused … Continue reading

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Patent Translation: The Best-kept Secret

Readers who have paid translation providers good money for (sometimes) good patent translations might wonder about this title, but many Japanese companies paying excessively high rates to their domestic Japanese patent counsel “to file overseas” for them (something which most … Continue reading

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Blog Restarted

Welcome to our restarted blog.  With the change in our company name to Kirameki Translations, Inc., it was inactive while we were setting up our new website. The restarted blog will feature content related to such topics as patent and … Continue reading

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