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.
The German physicist Stefan Hell will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of a super-resolved fluorescence microscopy", the stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, in Stockholm on 10 December 2014. He will be honoured along with the US scientists Eric Betzig and William Moerner. In 2000, Hell was able to make objects smaller than half the wavelength of light visible and thus to gain insights into the nanoworld. He thereby bypassed Abbe's diffraction limit valid until then.
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