The Guidelines for the Classification of Patent and Utility Model Applications (Classification Guidelines) have been revised and adjusted to the amendments by the Act Revising Certain Provisions of Patent Law and Other Acts in the Field of Industrial Property Protection.
Since six years, patent applicants have been able to request accelerated examination of their applications at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Due to the great success, the DPMA and the USPTO now have extended the pilot programme's duration by two years.
From now on, trade marks will be fully electronically processed from application to publication at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). Today, Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President of the DPMA, launched the new system. Within the framework of the eGovernment initiative of the Federal Government, the DPMA has switched to the electronic case file for another IP right. Patent and utility model procedures have already been fully electronically processed since 1 June 2011.
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