After the boom year of 2013, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) expects a further increase in the number of applications for industrial property rights (patents, trade marks and designs) in 2014. This can be seen from the projected figures of the DPMA announced on occasion of the opening of the international specialised trade fair iENA ("Ideas - Inventions - New Products"). The only decline in application numbers was for utility models.
The German physicist Stefan Hell will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of a super-resolved fluorescence microscopy", the stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, in Stockholm on 10 December 2014. He will be honoured along with the US scientists Eric Betzig and William Moerner. In 2000, Hell was able to make objects smaller than half the wavelength of light visible and thus to gain insights into the nanoworld. He thereby bypassed Abbe's diffraction limit valid until then.
On 25 September 2014, the President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, met the Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Sylvain Laporte. Focus of the meeting was the extension of the existing Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme by another two years.
On 24 September 2014, a meeting took place between Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), and Hitoshi Ito, Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO). Both offices signed an Action Plan on the further bilateral cooperation with regard to the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme
On 24 September 2014, the President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, met the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Tan Yih San. The meeting took place to sign the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement.
On 19 September 2014, Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), welcomed the new Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), Dr Shen Changyu, on his first visit to the DPMA. Both Heads discussed major elements of the bilateral cooperation and future joint projects.
By decision of 15 September 2014, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) issued the authorisation to operate as a collecting society to Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Veranstalterrechten mbH (GWVR). Sole shareholder of GWVR is Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft e.V. (bdv), an association which represents the events industry in Germany.
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