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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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Logo "Grüner Knopf"

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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Symbolbild Statistik - Weltkugel mit Zahlenkolonnen

Global Innovation Index 2019
Switzerland is the world’s most innovative country followed by Sweden, the U.S. and the Netherlands - Germany is in ninth place

According to the Global Innovation Index 2019 (GII 2019) presented in New Delhi on 24 July, Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world. This is followed by Sweden, the United States of America (USA), the Netherlands and Great Britain. As in the previous year, Germany is in ninth place and thus holds its own in the top group of the 129 countries surveyed.

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Zutaten zur Deo-Herstellung

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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European Inventor Award 2019
Hope for early diagnosis of serious diseases: DPMA President delighted about German proteomics researcher Matthias Mann

His groundbreaking inventions help predict and better diagnose serious diseases: The President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, was very pleased about physicist and biochemist Matthias Mann being nominated for the European Inventor Award.

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Sterne der EU-Flagge

Protected geographical indication
For a peaceful and united Europe

On 9 May 1950, the then French foreign minister Robert Schuman presented his plan to consolidate the coal and steel production of the former war opponents, thus marking a decisive turning point in European history. For us, Europe Day is an occasion to focus on a Europe-wide IP right, the "protected indications of geographical origin".

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Jabba the Hutt

Star Wars Day
Force and merchandising: IP Rights around "Star Wars”

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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VIP4SME
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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Plagiarius-Zwerg

Plagiarius 2019
It’s all just stolen – anti-award tackles blatant counterfeits

This year's "Plagiarius" awards were presented at the "Ambiente" consumer-goods fair in Frankfurt on 8 February. Aktion Plagiarius e.V. has been awarding the dreaded Plagiarius Prize to manufacturers and retailers of particularly brazen plagiarisms and counterfeits for the 43rd time since 1977.

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Braille writing

World Braille Day 2019
Six-point writing opened the door to education for blind people

January 4th is World Braille Day. The World Blind Union has initiated this annual commemoration day to once again emphasize the importance of Braille for visually handicapped people. The day commemorates the birthday of Louis Braille, who was born in 1809 in the French village of Coupvray near Paris.

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DesignEuropa Awards 2018
DesignEuropa Award goes to Hartmut Esslinger

This year's DesignEuropa Awards were presented in Warsaw on 27 November 2018: On the occasion of the ceremony, the Vice-President of the DPMA, Christine Moosbauer, congratulated Hartmut Esslinger, one of the winners. The German-American industrial designer received the award for his life's work.

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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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Stars of the EU-Flag

Indications of Geographical Origin
What Beelitzer Spargel has to do with Europe

"United in diversity" the motto of the European Union expresses how Europeans strive together for peace and prosperity, while at the same time the entire continent is being enriched by its many different cultures, traditions and languages. These include the excellent regional specialties among agricultural products and foodstuffs. Who does not know Nürnberger Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Spreewälder Gurken (cucumber), Französischer Champagner (champagne) or Prosciutto di Parma (ham)?

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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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Last updated: 13 November 2019 

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