Google Grabs Patent for Web-Based Translation

By Bobbie Johnson

Google’s translation services have been called all sorts of things over the years, from “incredible“ to “woeful“ and — by one particularly disgruntled user — “a total disgrace.” But here’s one to add to that pile: “unique.”

At least, the U.S. Patent Office thinks so — enough to award Google Translate a patent.

This one appears to have skipped under the radar, but in a filing with the U.S. Patent Office published last week, the company was awarded the rights for what it calls “displaying original text in a user interface with translated text.”

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