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.
On occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2015, various events on industrial property protection will take place again in Germany. The action day has "Get Up, Stand Up. For Music." as this year's motto and will deal with questions around the topic of music. The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), too, is taking part in the activities celebrating the World IP Day and organising a series of nationwide events together with the patent information centres and other institutions.
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.
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