The DPMA and UK IPO have extended the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme by a further two years until 28 February 2017. The PPH allows the applicant to file a request for accelerated examination as soon as at least one patent claim has been found to be patentable by the partner office.
Almost 200 representatives from business, industry and professional associations as well as lawyers and patent attorneys came to the DPMAnutzerforum, the annual user meeting at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), today to gain information about current developments at the DPMA. Here, the main focus was on the presentation regarding the electronic case file for trade marks, which will be launched in 2015. Further topics were, above all, online file inspection, design invalidity proceedings and the remodelling of Customer Care and Services.
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.
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