Notice No. 4/21

of the President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office of 30 August 2021 concerning the closure of the automated letterbox at the Munich office (Zweibrückenstraße)

30. August 2021

Due to technical issues, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office’s automated letterbox in Munich has been out of service for some time. The office now has to announce the permanent closure of the letterbox.

Outside the office’s opening hours, applications, oppositions and any other mail relating to IP procedures can be handed in at the reception desk of the Munich office to meet the respective time limits. To ensure we receive business documents within the period prescribed, they can also be filed by fax. If you wish to file your applications electronically, please use our online services DPMAdirektPro and DPMAdirektWeb.

The automated letterbox in Munich was an automated carousel system with seven containers that a control system rotated to the next position every day at midnight. The system had been tailored to the special needs of the DPMA and set up only three times in Germany. In 2008, the letterbox underwent its last technical overhaul. Now, the control system and various mechanical components are technically outdated, so it is not possible to repair the letterbox at reasonable costs. As a consequence, the automated letterbox was closed permanently in summer 2021.

The President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer
544 E 952 – 2.1.1

Last updated: 7 September 2021