Statistics around patents, trademarks and Co.

Number of the month lettering and 15,000 registered designs in the lighting sector

Women make up around 35 percent of STEM students

The statistics speak for themselves: women are still underrepresented in the natural sciences. In 2022, for example, only around 35% of first-year STEM students were women (source: externer Link Federal Statistical Office). This also has an impact on the proportion of women in patent examination at the DPMA: With 226 female patent examiners (out of a total of 1,076 people in this area), the proportion of women is still relatively low.

To make the natural sciences more female, the "International Day of Women and Girls in Science" takes place every year on February 11. You can find out more on the externer Link website of the German Unesco Commission.

More numbers of the month

1.300 and symbol for metaverse

Number of the month January 2024
Number of registered designs in the lighting sector

In January, our "World of Design" series is all about light. We show "lamps, floor lamps, table lamps..." in a wide variety of colors and shapes. You can find out how many designs are in force in this product segment in our DPMAregister database. You will get almost 15,000 hits if you search for registered designs in subclass 26-05 of the Locarno classification.


1.300 and symbol for metaverse

Number of the month December 2023
Trade mark applications for virtual goods in the register

Trademarks in the metaverse are no longer a fantasy of the future, they can already be found in the trademark register. The German register contains 74 national applications and registrations with the term "NFT" in their list of goods and 1,271 applications and registrations with the term "blockchain" (as of December 14, 2023). In total, there are over 1,300 national trade marks for virtual goods in DPMAregister.

Press release of December 15, 2023

151,5 hours

Number of the month November 2023
151.5 hours

Almost six and a half days or 151.5 hours were spent on our DPMA YouTube channel in November. That was 41.5 hours more than usual. One reason for this is certainly the new videos about trade mark applications, please take a look. Not following us on YouTube yet? Then we would be delighted if you would leave us a subscription.

DPMA YouTube channel

+7.4 percent

Number of the month October 2023
Issues of BlPMZ from 1894 to October 2023

For 125 years, the Blatt für Patent-, Muster- und Zeichenwesen (BlPMZ) has been providing information on laws, ordinances, official notices, news, court decisions and notices on representation in the field of industrial property protection. The first BlPMZ saw the light of day in October 1894. Since then, 1,380 issues of the journal have been published: Usually eleven issues a year; for 125 years there has been a double issue in July/August.

"125 Years of BlPMZ" (in German)

+7.4 percent

Number of the month September 2023
Patent applications in Jena far above average

Our Jena office celebrated a special anniversary this month - the German Patent and Trademark Office has been represented in the city on the Saale for 25 years. Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the innovation scene. The published patent applications for the German market are far above average in Jena: per 100,000 inhabitants and summarized for the years 2020 to 2022, they are 682 in Jena; Germany-wide, 155. More than half of Thuringia's patent applications come from the city of light - exactly 52.6 percent.

Press release of August 29, 2023

+7.4 percent

Number of the month August 2023
At least one in eight patent applications in Germany has foreign roots

At least one in eight patent applications from Germany is entirely attributable to inventors with foreign roots. This contribution has increased significantly over the years. According to a study by the IW Cologne, Germany's innovative strength would otherwise have actually declined in recent years.

interview with Dr Oliver Koppel from IW Cologne in our digital annual report 2022

+7.4 percent

Number of the month July 2023
880,538 national trademarks in force

At the end of 2022, there were 880,538 trademarks in the register. Compared to 2016 (804,800), the number of trademarks increased by 9.4 percent.

Digital annual report 2022

Pictures: DPMA

Last updated: 9 February 2024