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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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Einstein

Albert Einstein´s 140th anniversary
The best-known patent examiner of all time

A genius of the century, an icon of the natural sciences, the most famous physicist of all time: With Albert Einstein, you run out of superlatives. 140 years ago, on 14 March 1879, in Ulm was born the man who shaped our knowledge of the world as only Newton did before him.

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Brand no.36433: Aspirin

Registered 120 years ago:
Aspirin, probably the best known brand in medicine

The brand name, which was entered in the trademark register of the Kaiserliches Patentamt (Imperial Patent Office) in Berlin on 6 March 1899, has long since become an international generic term. Acetylsalicylic acid is effective against fever, pain and inflammation and is probably the best-selling medicine in history.

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140 years of staplers
The rise and demise of an indispensable office helper

Today we dedicate ourselves to a species threatened with extinction: the stapler. While this device could be found in large numbers for more than a century in all offices around the world, today its habitat is increasingly threatened by digitalization.

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World Radio Day
70 years of VHF broadcasting in Europe

On 13 February UNESCO celebrates the World Radio Day. And with good reason: no other mass medium reaches such a broad audience. Because it is inexpensive, UNESCO believes that radio is particularly suitable for reaching remote communities and special target groups.

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Tempo 90
A brand and its birthday

A brand which has become a synonym in Germany and which, after 90 years, has a degree of recognition of practically 100 percent? Oskar Rosenfelder probably never dreamed of this when he filed the word mark "Tempo" (407752) with the Reich Patent Office in Berlin on 29 January 1929.

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135 years Nipkow disc
Paul Nipkow: A poor student becomes a pioneer of Television

For more than half a century, television was mankind's most important medium. Today, when its importance is declining in the face of the digital revolution, it is worth taking a look at its roots. It all began with the idea of a lonely student.

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90 years "Tintin"
Comic of the 20th century: The clever boy with the iconic quiff

Billions of billious blue blistering barnacles! Can it really be true that Titin and Snowy are already 90 years old? That's how it is: On January 10, 1929, the magazine "Le Petit Vingtième" published the first episode of "Tintin", probably the most influential European comic strip.

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250 years patent for James Watt
The steam of a world in change

No, James Watt didn't invent the steam engine. But he turned it into a machine that actually changed the world. 250 years ago, on 5 January 1769, the Scotsman received a patent on his "New invented method of lessening the consumption of steam and fuel in fire engines".

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200 years of “Silent Night”
The song, its history and the trade marks

It is referred to as the “eternal song”, now it turns 200 years old: “Silent Night, Holy Night” (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht), probably the most famous Christmas song in the world. The song is sung all over the world in the most diverse languages and dialects. It is assumed that there are up to 300 translations.

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50 years White Album
The Beatles, their masterpiece and a famous trademark Dispute

50 years ago, on 22 November 1968, probably the most musically versatile album of all time was released: "The Beatles", better known as the "White Album". A milestone of music, but also of the economic history of popular culture, because this was the seed of a dispute over trademarks and copyrights that lasted for decades.

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Prof. Dr. Artur Fischer

60 years of expansion dowels
The masterpiece of the mass inventor

We owe it to Artur Fischer that pictures don't fall from the wall, shelves are fixed and the wardrobe hangs securely. The inventor from Tumlingen (Freudenstadt district) is regarded as one of the most productive inventors of all time: he filed 2252 patents and utility models with the DPMA.

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100 Years “Freistaat”
Palaces, schnapps & taxes: Bavaria's trade marks

These were turbulent times at the beginning of November 1918: the First World War was lost, uprisings and revolutions flared up, in Bavaria the Free State was proclaimed. For the 100th anniversary, we would like to take a look at the trade mmarks of the Free State of Bavaria registered with the DPMA.

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150th birthday of August Horch
The godfather of fast cars

His name puts a smile on the faces of classic car enthusiasts: August Horch, one of the great pioneers of automotive engineering, would have celebrated his 150th birthday this year.

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The 2CV turns 70
Good old "ugly duckling"

It is a symbol of France like the beret, baguette and Brigitte Bardot: the 2CV or “ugly duckling” (“Ente” in Germany). The Citroen 2CV was first introduced in Paris 70 years ago. A tribute to an automobile that has grown closer to the hearts of more people than any other over generations (except perhaps for the VW Beetle).

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90 years Penicillin
Blunting wonder weapon

September 28, 1928 is one of the most important dates in the history of medicine. On this day, the Scottish doctor Alexander Fleming observed that a mould can kill bacteria. The method of action of penicillin was discovered.

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60 years three-point belt
The life-saver that was only slowly accepted

This invention has saved the lives of countless people: On August 29, 1958, a patent application was filed in Sweden for the three-point belt. Nils Ivar Bohlin, engineer at the car manufacturer Volvo, thus brought the safety belt for vehicles, which had been known for over 50 years, into its current form.

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90 years Mickey Mouse
Of mice and money

The world's best-known comic figure, Mickey Mouse, made her first appearance 90 years ago. Although the premiere of the film "Steamboat Willie" on November 18, 1928 is often assumed to be the date of birth of the mouse, it actually had its screen debut on May 15 of the same year in the cartoon "Plane Crazy".

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100 years of Enigma
Cryptography and war

Enigma: This is the exciting story of an ingenious machine for encrypting messages and the brilliant minds who cracked it - and thus crucially influenced the course of the Second World War, which ended 73 years ago.

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200 years ago
Patent for Drais' “Laufmaschine”, the ancestor of all bicycle

OIn January 12,1818, Karl Freiherr von Drais received a ten-year Grand Ducal privilege for his “Laufmaschine” from the Baden duke. Drais' "running machine" was the first steerable, muscular-powered two-wheeler and thus the direct precursor of today's bicycle.

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Jimi Hendrix´ 75th birthday
The wild god of guitar: virtuoso, innovator, brand

On November 27th he would have turned 75 years old: Jimi Hendrix, probably the most influential guitarist of all time. No one played the electric guitar as innovative and revolutionary as he did.

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Last updated: 24/04/19 

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