The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has five departments:
The patent area is divided into two departments:
About 700 patent examiners examine patent applications, grant patents and deal with oppositions against granted patents.
In addition, the duties of the Departments 1 comprise:
Department 2 informs the public about industrial property rights. The enquiry units provide information on the steps of a patent, utility model, trade mark or design application. Department 2 also manages the databases of the DPMA and provides support to users regarding IP searches.
The Technical Information Centre Berlin (TIZ) is a branch of the DPMA which is also part of Department 2. The TIZ coordinates cooperation with the more than 20 patent information centres (PIZ) throughout Germany.
The library is integrated in Department 2. It contains more than 1.1 million publications in the field of science, technology and industrial property rights and more than 50 million patent documents.
Staff members of Department 2 are also responsible for the operation and further development of the IT systems and applications used by the office, such as the electronic case file.
The more than 400 staff members of Department 3 deal with trade mark, utility model and design procedures at the office locations in Munich and Jena.
In the trade mark area, they examine applications for national trade marks. They take decisions on oppositions filed against trade mark registrations and in trade mark cancellation procedures. In addition, they manage international registrations of marks. File administration of the approximately 745,000 registered trade marks is managed at the Jena Sub-Office. The designs unit is also located at the Jena Sub-Office.
In addition, Department 3 processes utility model and topography applications and decides on requests for the cancellation of utility models.
The staff members of Department 4 - Administration and Law manage the typical administrative tasks including:
Furthermore, the Department Administration and Law deals with general legal issues (such as checking contracts between the DPMA and service providers) and legal questions relating to national and international industrial property protection, copyright and patent attorneys and representatives matters.
The Department Administration and Law is also in charge of government supervision of collecting societies.
The following bodies are part of the organisation of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office:
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