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Service provider for the protection of intellectual property

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) sees itself as a service provider in the field of industrial property protection in Germany. The office has the duty to grant, register, administer and publish IP rights for technical and industrial innovations. At the interface between innovative ideas and their implementation, the DPMA thus contributes significantly to securing the competitiveness of Germany as a location for business and industry.

The DPMA cooperates with partners, authorities and institutions involved in IP protection. Activities in the national and international environments play an important role in raising awareness of IP matters among the public and providing information on the growing significance of IP rights in the age of globalisation.

Our duty to provide information

Furthermore, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office has the statutory duty to inform the public about IP rights valid in Germany. The DPMA fulfils this duty by making its publication and search services available on the Internet.

Another important task is to provide information to prospective applicants on aspects to be taken into consideration when filing a patent, utility model, trade mark or design application. Assistance on these matters is available at the office's enquiry units and search rooms as well as at the 20 regional patent information centres throughout Germany, which are recognised cooperation partners of the DPMA.

The DPMA protects your creation - it is your task to exploit it

In order to maintain competitiveness at the international level, research and development results must be transformed quickly and efficiently into marketable products. The first essential step is to ensure protection for one’s innovations by means of IP rights. In this respect, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office is the expert organisation to contact. However, patent exploitation is not among the duties of the DPMA.

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Last updated: 23/11/17 

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