The User Advisory Council’s digital meeting
On 27 October 2020, the fourth meeting of the User Advisory Council at the DPMA (DPMAnutzerbeirat) took place. It was the last meeting of the committee’s first term. Due to the current pandemic situation, the meeting was held in a virtual format for the first time. The topics were presented and discussed in two successive video sessions.
The User Advisory Council addressed, among other topics, current developments concerning patent and utility model procedures during the coronavirus crisis and patent information trends. For example, there is a significant increase in applications concerning life-saving systems and methods and equipment and methods for sterilising objects. Furthermore, the number of applications concerning community face masks and protective gear has increased considerably. In addition to a continuous increase of the digital availability of patent information, AI methods for conducting searches are also booming.
The members of the User Advisory Council were satisfied with the cooperation within the committee. The DPMA, too, wants to continue this form of dialogue with our customers.
In early 2019, the User Advisory Council on Patents/Utility Models was founded as the central advisory body of the DPMA to formulate and discuss user needs and as an instrument of customer dialogue. The next meeting is scheduled for April 2021.
Last updated: 2 November 2020