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Notice of 6 April 2021

DPMA is massively expanding its Jena location

Aerial view: DPMA office building at Goethe-Galerie in Jena

German Patent and Trade Mark Office establishes 110 additional attractive jobs in Thuringia – DPMA President: an extremely high-profile location, both economically and technologically – patent examiners sought for Jena

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) will massively expand its Jena location in the in the coming years. It is planned to gradually create around 110 additional jobs, mainly for highly qualified staff in patent examination and the IT sector, at the Thuringia office. These are the plans developed by the DPMA senior management together with the externer Link Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection*. The expansion of the Jena office is linked to an important strategic decision: the establishment of three additional patent divisions at the location in Thuringia. As a result, the headcount of the Jena office will grow from roughly 230 to about 340.

So far, the Jena office has been in charge of designs, part of trade mark examination as well as the administration of registered trade marks. Patent applications are examined exclusively in Munich. In several stages, probably from the end of 2021, the DPMA will start setting up three patent divisions in Jena, where 93 examiners will work. Experienced colleagues from Munich will assist in the expansion, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024. In autumn 2021, a recruitment drive will be launched for 15 new patent examiners to be hired in Jena. “Jena is an extremely high-profile location in the east of Germany, both economically and technologically. We want to present ourselves as an attractive and secure employer there and thus attract further highly qualified staff for our important duties,” emphasises DPMA President Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, adding: "I am convinced that our customers will also benefit from the DPMA having an even stronger foothold in Jena."

The trade mark area at the Thuringia location will also be strengthened by additional colleagues from mid-year 2021; the external recruitment procedure is already underway. Further jobs in the trade mark area could be added from 2022. Six to eight new experts are to be hired for IT operations by the beginning of 2022.

The expansion in Jena has become possible thanks to the fact that the 2021 budget has provided the DPMA with an additional 169 posts. Currently, the office has roughly 2,800 staff in total at the Munich, Jena and Berlin locations.

*Only in German: Press release of Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection concerning the jobs in Thuringia;
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Last updated: 12 April 2021 

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