The Federal Government had invited the public to its 17th Open Day on 29 and 30 August 2015. Last weekend, the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Press Office and all federal ministries opened their gates to interested visitors who had the opportunity to look around the office buildings and gain diverse insights into the work of the participating institutions. The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), a higher federal authority, which has offices in Munich, Jena and Berlin and operates within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, hosted an information stand and an entertainment programme for children at the building of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection on both days.
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has reached new cooperation agreements with the more than 20 patent information centres around Germany. As long-standing regional cooperation partners of the DPMA, the 23 patent information centres locally offer comprehensive information about industrial property protection.
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office looks back upon a history of almost 50 years as supervisory authority for collecting societies. Now, a revision of supervision law lies ahead of us - not only in
Germany but in all member states of the European Union. The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has submitted a ministerial draft for the new act on collecting societies. Our event thus is a good opportunity to discuss with you the future of supervision of collecting societies in Germany and Europe.
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot and thus extended its PPH network. As of now, it is possible to accelerate processing of patent applications through the exchange and mutual use of work products also for the DPMA's partner offices in Australia, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Estonia, Israel, Norway and Iceland as well as the Nordic Patent Institute.
On occasion of the introduction of capital controls in Greece the German Patent and Trade Mark Office provides the following information. The German Patent and Trade Mark Office will take the current situation in Greece into consideration with regard to conducting IP procedures, to the extent permitted by law.
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.
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