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140 years of the patent office in Germany: European leader among national offices

On Saturday, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) will be able to look back on successful 140 years as an authority. Founded as the Imperial Patent Office (Kaiserliches Patentamt) in Berlin on 1 July 1877, the DPMA is the national centre of expertise in the field of IP protection today. More than 130,000 patents, trade marks, utility models and designs alone in the record year 2016, more than 2,500 members of staff as well as an income of 394 million euros make it the European number 1 of the national IP offices.

Survey about ICT Patents

The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) is currently conducting a survey about ICT patents in the European Union within the research project CIFRA ("Challenging the ICT Patent Framework for Responsible Innovation") funded by the European Research Framework Programme HORIZON 2020.
The study aims to include the views and opinions of a wide range of stakeholders. With this purpose, the Fraunhofer Institute has developed an online-based questionnaire. The answers will be treated with absolute confidentiality. If you are interested in participating in the survey (which runs until the end of July 2017), please follow this link.

German Patent and Trade Mark Office at the Long Night of the Sciences in Berlin

On Saturday this week, the Long Night of the Sciences will be held for the 17th time in Berlin and Potsdam. From 17.00 to midnight, 70 institutions, among them the Berlin office of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), will open their doors to knowledge-thirsty guests and invite them to actively participate in the "smartest night of the year".

European Inventor Award 2017: Great honour for three German inventors

The European Inventor Award 2017 was presented in five categories in Venice on Thursday. 13 inventors and their teams accepted the trophies in the shape of a sail, including three inventors from Germany, who were honoured for their outstanding achievements: Günter Hufschmid, Günter W. Hein and Robert Huber.

Study on Supplementary Protection Certificates

The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is currently conducting a study on Supplementary Protection Certificates in the European Union on behalf of the European Commission. The study aims to include the views and opinions of a wide range of stakeholders including pharmaceutical companies, professional and industry associations as well lawyers, patent attorneys and other interest groups. With this purpose, the Max Planck Institute in collaboration with the German Allensbach Institute is about to distribute a questionnaire-based survey. The survey includes questions on the past experience with the system, general policy considerations, assessment of the present legal rules, as well as some proposals on the potential amendment of the current SPC Regulations. The answers will be collected on an anonymous basis. If you are interested in participating in the survey, please contact the Max Planck Institute at

World Intellectual Property Day: events with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office

This year, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) contributes again to World Intellectual Property Day and organises together with the regional patent information centres and other institutions a joint series of events all over Germany. In ten cities, twelve tailor-made seminars and lectures, offered by the DPMA and its cooperation partners, aim to attract, above all, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), students as well as start-ups that wish to gain information on industrial property protection and the enforcement of their IP rights.

DPMAnutzerforum 2017 with a new concept

Almost 200 representatives from industry, professional associations as well as patent attorneys and lawyers gathered at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) today to learn about current developments and projects. The participants took part in a modified DPMAnutzerforum, which has been an established event of the federal authority for many years. The main event is preceded by a workshop on the future electronic e-service DPMAdirektPro, allowing electronic transmittal of documents to applicants and representatives.

Record numbers for granted patents and registered trade marks - stable filings at a high level - simultaneous reduction of backlogs

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) recorded an extremely positive development of its annual figures for 2016. While the number of granted patents and registered trade marks increased significantly over the previous year, the backlogs in many types of IP procedures had substantially fallen by the end of 2016. For trade mark and patent applications, but also with regard to the demand for the search services offered by the DPMA and for the search reports issued, the output of the Federal authority again reached a record high in 2016.

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