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Notice No. 2/21

of the President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office of 17 February 2021 on the postal address for filing applications and making requests and other submissions in design matters and on the forms to be used in design matters

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) is expected to introduce fully electronic case file processing for designs in 2022, too. To allow initial preparations for digitisation and internal tests, all future correspondence relating to design matters (including invalidity proceedings) is to be sent to the central postal address in Munich, where the digitisation centre of the DPMA is located.

The following changes take effect from 1 March 2021:

1. Central postal address and fax number in design matters
Design applications can only be sent to the central postal address of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt, 80297 München) in the future, other requests or letters in design matters must be sent by post to the aforementioned address or by fax to the central fax number of the Design Division (+49 3641 40-5800). Applications and representations of designs cannot be submitted by fax. If any post is received by other offices or via other fax connections, this results in delayed processing.

2. Use of forms
The forms in design matters have been revised and a new layout has been developed. It should be noted that the new, revised forms have to be used from 1 March 2021.

The forms are available free of charge on the Designs web pages of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office.

The forms should be completed electronically if possible to ensure correct form recognition within the scope of the digitisation of the documents. Do not make changes to the forms issued by the DPMA; enclose a separate letter instead if required.

The President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer

1243/1-4.3.3/2021-1

Last updated: 17 February 2021 

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