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Patent information centres put to the test - evaluation of the patent information centres in Germany emphasises high level of IP-related services for SMEs

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has now, for the first time, evaluated the modified cooperation agreements with the more than 20 patent information centres, which were newly concluded in 2015. The evaluation has shown that all patent information centres meet the demands placed on the services they offer to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both regarding the range of contents and with respect to a high quality level.

Applications for patents and trade marks continue to rise in 2016

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) expects a strong rise in new applications for patents and trade marks for the current year. The preliminary projections for 2016, which were made public on occasion of the opening of the international trade fair iENA (Ideas - Inventions - New Products) in Nuremberg, justify this prognosis.

Notice on the Common Communication on the Common Practice on the General Indications of the Nice Class Headings and on the Common Communication on the Implementation of 'IP Translator'

Within the framework of the Europe-wide harmonisation of the classification, convergence on the interpretation of the Nice class headings was achieved, which were published in a Common Communication of 29 September 2016. This Common Communication contains a complete overview of the practices of all European IP offices before and after the 'IP Translator' judgment.

Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2016: nomination of a team proposed by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office

The three nominated teams of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2016 have been presented to the public in Munich today. One of the three nominees is - as last year - a team proposed by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) with a trendsetting invention. The team consists of Dr Carsten Setzer of Osram GmbH and Christian Amann of BMW Group with their innovation "Laser light in cars - throwing light on a safer future". The jury takes the decision on the winner directly before the presentation of the awards by the Federal President in Berlin on 30 November 2016.

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