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Milestones 2017

Photo Werner von Siemens

125th anniversary of death of Werner Siemens
Pioneer of technology and co-founder of Patentamt

His name stands for the foundation of electrical engineering, the birth of a global company and the beginning of the German patent system: Werner von Siemens. A 125 years ago, he died at the age of 75 in Berlin on December 6,1892.

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Jimi Hendrix photo

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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130 years of grammophone
A patent establishes the music market

On November 8, 1887, Emil Berliner received a patent for his grammophone. Together with the “Schallplatte” it made the musical experience conservable, independent of the concert hall and suitable for mass production.

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Lither Playmobil figure

Luther - 500 years after
The patented little reformer

On October 31,1517 Martin Luther is said to have nailed 95 theses on the need for reform of the church to the doors of the Wittenberg castle church. 500 years later, the anniversary of the Reformation which changed the world is celebrated.

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Historic picture of the "Atom-Ei"

"Atomic Egg" turns 60
The "Atom-Ei" and the beginning of neutron research in Germany

On 31 October 1957, the "Atom-Ei" (atomic egg) in Garching in the north of Munich began its operation. The Research Reactor Munich was the first of its kind in Germany.

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photo of Bell X-1

Faster than the speed of sound
When the sonic wall fell

70 years ago, a plane broke the sound barrier for the first time: US pilot Chuck Yeager flew faster than sound on 14 October 1947 with his Bell X-1.

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European flags at EPO building

EPC is 40 years old
1977: European Patent Convention enters into force

A milestone in the history of IP protection in Europe: 40 years ago, on 7 October 1977, the European Patent Convention (EPC) came into force in Germany and six other countries.

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Last updated: 25/03/19 


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