European patent applications can cost ten times more than patents registered in the US.

(Now all but two of the EU’s 27 member states have agreed to set up a common European patent system that could reduce costs, but Italy and Spain fear discrimination because patents could only be filed in English, French or German. If it does go ahead, the savings to UK business are likely to be around £20m per year in translation costs alone. Good news for business, bad news for translators.)