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.
The upward trend in patent applications at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) continues. The number of patent applications increased by 4.4% compared to 2013. A significant increase can also be seen with trade mark applications: the figures rose by more than 10% compared to the preceding year.
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.
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