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European Football Championship
The technology behind the ball

The European Football Championship starts on 11 June. It is a special tournament: it was supposed to take place in 2020, but had to be postponed because of the pandemic. For the first time, it will not take place in one or two host countries, but in eleven cities across the continent.

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Start into the digital age
Ten years of the electronic file for patents and utility models

Ten years ago, a new era began at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office: on 1 June 2011, the electronic case file for patents and utility models was launched. From then on, we could process patent and utility model applications fully electronically from receipt at the DPMA to publication.

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World Day of the Bicycle
An invention with a great history - and even greater future

June 3rd is the World Day of the Bicycle. With this the UN pay tribute to the "uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle". For two centuries it has been a „simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation“.

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The Bollerwagen
Much-loved beer wagon

The day of the handcart is approaching. Ascension Day is Father's Day, and Father's Day is Bollerwagen Day. Up and down the country, joyful men will once again be dragging hand carts around. In them they will transport beer and schnapps, and maybe a grill (and sometimes drunken fathers on the way back).

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Star Wars Day
The Force and the merchandise: IP rights around "Star Wars"

All over the world, fans celebrate Star Wars Day on 4 May. Why on this date in particular? Well, the pronunciation of the date "May the 4th" is very similar to the beginning of the probably most popular sentence from the space saga, "May the force be with you". Incidentally, the phrase has been registered as a word mark since 2020.

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"Plagiarius 2021"
Negative award goes to ten particularly brazen product counterfeits

At a virtual press conference on April 16, this year's "Plagiarius" awards were presented. Since 1977, and thus for the 45th time, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. has awarded the invective prize to manufacturers and retailers of particularly brazen plagiarisms and counterfeits.

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International Day of Happiness
What about the plan to achieve happiness ("Plan vom Glück")?

What is happiness and how can we find it? This is the question we ask ourselves on the occasion of the "International Day of Happiness", which was established by the United Nations as an international day in 2012 and which we celebrate every year on March 20th.

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For Valentine's Day
Is there a patent medicine for love?

Valentine's Day on 14 February is commonly known as the day for lovers. Many show their affection for their better halves with chocolate, flowers and other small and large gifts. Speaking of love: What about love and trade marks?

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Santa Claus patents, brands, designs
Christmas time and IP

Actually, it's a rather tricky matter: Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Heiliger Nikolaus, Sinterclaas, Père Noël, Weihnachtsmann, Joulupukki - who actually is it who brings us presents? And when? About the metamorphoses of a legendary figure - and the intellectual property rights around it.

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New search mode "Extended" - a look at the DPMAregister is worthwhile

The new "Advanced" search mode in DPMAregister offers many options to customise the search form. Furthermore, you can find the legal and procedural status information on patents, utility models, trade marks, designs and the respective publication data online, free of charge, securely and without registration formalities in our online register.



Halloween and IP
Patents of horror

In addition to Christmas and Easter, a third holiday now dominates the seasonal offerings in the stores: Halloween. The creepy fest has established itself as a permanent fixture in the calendar and retail trade. It is a million-dollar business worldwide. So it is obvious that intellectual property rights are in demand!

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Oktoberfest cancelled
Serious drinking: Beer and IP

Normally, millions of visitors would be pouring millions of liters of beer into themselves in Munich right now. But since everything is different this year, the Oktoberfest was cancelled. Nevertheless, even in this pandemic year, we take another look at IP surrounding barley juice.

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Global Innovation Index 2020
Innovation in the times of Corona: At the top everything stays the same

Switzerland remains the most innovative country in the world. This is the conclusion reached by the Global Innovation Index 2020 (GII 2020) presented on September 2. Sweden is again in second place, followed by the United States of America (USA) in third place. As in previous years, Germany remains in ninth place.

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Information by the trade mark departement
When trade marks become generic

Over time, registered trade marks may become generic names or common names. This is the case if the trade mark is no longer understood by the relevant public as an indication of commercial origin which distinguishes the product from others, but only as a common name generally used to designate all goods or services of a particular kind, irrespective of their commercial origin.

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90th birthday of Sean Connery
James Bond: Brands and technology in Her Majesty's Secret Service

He was the first and best performer of James Bond: Sir Sean Connery, who celebrates his 90th birthday on 25 August. Connery has a love-hate relationship with the role of the secret agent who became an icon of pop culture. "James Bond" - armed with industrial property rights and secret weapons - stands for one thing above all else: a lot of money.

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Strandkorbs on the beach

The Strandkorb
My Strandkorb is my castle: Corona-safe beach fortress

Unfortunately, the Strandkorb still is the beach holiday gadget of the season. Because if you sit in it on the beach, you can be sure to keep the minimum distance required by Corona saftey regulations. Recently, the beach chair has also come into fashion as Covid-compliant concert seating. And it is undergoing constant technical development.

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Trademark Law Modernisation Act
First experiences and outlook

In this dossier, we report on initial experiences and findings regarding the modernised trademark law, which came into force at the beginning of 2019.

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Valid IP rights for a successful IP strategy
An overview of supporting measures taken by the DPMA

Valid IP rights are what shape successful IP strategies. A permanently high quality of the IP rights is immensely important and one of the main strategic goals of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA).

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Star Wars Day
The Force and the Merchandising

Fans around the world celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4. Why on this date? Well, the pronunciation of the date "May the 4th" is very similar to the beginning of what is probably the most popular sentence in the space saga, "May the force be with you".

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Looking for ideas
World Day of Creativity and Innovation

World Day of Creativity and Innovation is intended to encourage people to give free rein to their ideas in order to make the world a better place and improve their place in it. Founded in 2001 in Canada, April 21 has been celebrated in over 50 countries for years.

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WIPO report 2019
China leading in international patent applications

In 2019, WIPO has once again recorded rising application figures for patents, trademarks and designs. The number of patent applications rose by 5.2 per cent year-on-year to a total of 265 800. 64 400 trademark applications (+ 5.7 per cent) and 21 807 design applications (+ 10.4 per cent) were also received by WIPO.


Not only during the Easter time
Warning against Misleading Requests

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) regularly receives complaints about such letters via customer service. The DPMA positively points out that all these letters are not related to the Office. The Office does not send invoices or requests for payment at any time - neither for the application or renewal of industrial property rights nor for the publication of industrial property rights in the official registers.

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Easter patents
How does the Easter Bunny lay eggs?

One of the last big questions of mankind is: How does the Easter Bunny actually manage to lay eggs? Generations of biologists, ethnologists and children have racked their brains over this. Recent research suggests that findings in the patent database of the DPMA may lead to the solution of the mystery.

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UN World Water Day 2020
Inventions in the fight against water shortage

According to the United Nations, climate change is inseparably linked to the issue of drinking water supply. It affects the water cycle, promotes extreme weather, impairs water quality and makes it difficult to estimate the availability of fresh water supplies.

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World Radio Day
Diversity by radio / 120 years Marconi patent

On 13 February UNESCO celebrates World Radio Day. This year's radio day is themed "Diversity": "On this World Day, we celebrate the power of radio to reflect and promote diversity in all its forms", said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

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Nobel Prize ceremony 2018

Nobel Prize ceremony 2019
Prestigious patents

On 10 December, the Nobel Prizes for 2019 will be awarded in Stockholm. John B. Goodenough, who receives the chemistry award, is at the age of 97the oldest Nobel Laureate ever. Esther Duflo however - the only woman to receive a Nobel Prize for 2019 - is the youngest woman to receive the economics award.

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IoT Conference at the DPMA
The Internet of Things and the patent

The "Internet of things", or IoT for short, is currently one of the most important technology trends. It has become "a synonym for the connection between the real and the virtual world," said President Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer at the opening of the conference "Internet of things. Paths to the Patent of IoT Technologies" at the DPMA.

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iENA 2019
From bicycle seat to filter technology

Once again this year, around 800 inventions are on display at the fair. A multifunctional tool for mathematics classes, a windscreen wiper cleaning device, a safety-optimised heating element for home aquariums – ideas from a great variety of fields.

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Munich beer Trade marks

It's tapped
Of monks and marks

Taking beer to Munich would be like carrying coals to Newcastle, owls to Athens or rolling cheese to Switzerland. In Bavaria, beer is generally regarded as a staple food and elixir of life. Munich has a long brewing tradition.

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Currywurst with sauce

The Spirit of Currywurst
70th anniversary of a popular dish with tangy sauce – or was it completely different after all?

It is said to have happened exactly 70 years ago: On 4 September 1949, Herta Heuwer’s snack stand on the corner of Kantstrasse/Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin was not very busy. So she experimented with different ingredients like tomato paste, curry powder and Worcestershire sauce.

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Mark assumes a guarantee
First certification mark registered

We used to know the “Grüner Punkt” (Green Dot), but now there is also the “Grüner Knopf” (Green Button). This is made possible by the Trade Mark Law Modernisation Act, which came into force at the beginning of the year, on 14 January. It created a new trade mark category, the “certification mark”. The “Grüner Knopf” is the first certification mark that was registered by the DPMA.

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Day of the open monument 2019
Information and Service Centre Berlin in Kreuzberg

On 8 September, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office - IDZ Berlin will participate in the Germany-wide Open Monument Day. The office building at the capital's location can look back on a long and varied history, although the definition of the term "long", especially in connection with buildings, is of course relative.

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International Beer Day
Serious drinking: Beer and IP

August 2nd is International Beer Day. One could take this as an occasion to drown a couple of pints (the initiators do not have much more in mind either) - or to take a serious look at the property rights around an ancient cultural asset that is constantly being further developed.

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The great sweating
Refreshing inventions: Antiperspirants and deodorants

Not only in this hot early summer 2019 we started to sweat a lot. For example, sporting activities are also sweaty matters with which a little desired body odour can be associated. Deodorants, or "antiperspirants and deodorants", have become an integral part of the repertoire of our personal care products. Perhaps less known: Even though the odour problems associated with sweating have been known for thousands of years, deodorant is still being developed and patented.

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Anniversary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
70 years of research and practice

It is Europe's largest organisation for applied research - and one of the most active applicants at the DPMA: the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which is now celebrating its 70th anniversary. In 2018 alone, the Society applied for 434 new patents at the DPMA. This puts it in 17th place in the ranking of the most important applicants.

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DPMA Information Day for Founders with Migration and Refuge Background

According to studies, citizens with foreign roots often set up companies and increasingly contribute to technical innovation. In Munich, the DPMA now hosted an information day - and met guests with ambitious plans.

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Autonomous driving
Mobility of the future - made in Germany

Autonomous driving is one of the most important technological trends of recent years. The number of national patent applications (and PCT applications in the national phase) relating to autonomous driving has increased steadily since 2010 and has more than doubled since then.58 percent of patent applications for autonomous driving come from Germany.

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Reform of European trade mark law
New rules for national and EU trade marks

The European Commission contracted the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law (now the ) to carry out a study reviewing the harmonisation process of trade mark law in the European Union. Based on this study, the member states, the Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament prepared a new version of the Trade Marks Directive as well as of the Regulation on the Community trade mark (now called "European Union Trade Mark Regulation").

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Satellites and space debris in space

Erfinderaktivitäten (inventor activities): Help for space
Can space debris be captured?

Imagine you are driving in your car through a city on a busy road and every few yards, unexpectedly, a dustbin comes rolling onto your lane of traffic. You have to evade each dustbin immediately and avoid jeopardising another road user. Does this sound unrealistic to you? Well, this is just about what is happening in space nowadays.

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Not only during the Easter season
Warning against Misleading Requests

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) regularly receives complaints about such letters via customer service. The DPMA positively points out that all these letters are not related to the Office. The Office does not send invoices or requests for payment at any time - neither for the application or renewal of industrial property rights nor for the publication of industrial property rights in the official registers.

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Picture credits included in the individual articles., WIPO, DEPATISnet, UN, UNESCO, Nobel Media AB Photo Nanaka Adachi, Bayern Innovativ, DPMA

Last updated: 19 July 2021 


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