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Number of the month April: 91.1 percent increase in patent applications with effect for Germany in digital communication technology over the past ten years

What about patent applications in the field of digitalisation? According to a recent DPMA analysis, many areas are recording increasing numbers. For example, the number of published applications with effect for Germany in digital communication technology (+ 91.1 per cent) and in computer technology (+ 74.7 per cent) has increased rapidly in the past ten years. For more information, see our press release of 30 March 2021.

More numbers of the month

Number of the month March
221 female patent examiners at the DPMA

On International Women's Day, we congratulate not only the 221 female patent examiners currently working at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), but all women and girls. 221 female patent examiners, that is about 20 percent of the total number of patent examiners. We have set ourselves the goal to significantly increase the share of female examiners and to recruit even more qualified female scientists and engineers.

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February figure of the month
7.6 billion euros - annual damage caused by product piracy

Product and brand piracy causes billions of euros in damage in the German mechanical engineering industry alone, and this damage has grown even more in recent years. According to the VDMA study "Product Piracy 2020", the annual damage has now grown to 7.6 billion euros.
Product counterfeiting in the consumer goods sector is also denounced by "Aktion Plagiaurius e.V.", which annually awards a negative prize to manufacturers and retailers of particularly brazen plagiarisms and one-to-one copies.

Aktion Plagiaurius e.V.

Number of the month January
76,422 - Number of main IPC groups and subgroups

At the turn of the year, version 2021.01 of the International Patent Classification (IPC) came into force. Approximately 100 positions were deleted, but almost 1,000 new positions were added. The IPC now consists of 76,422 subdivisions.

The most important changes at a glance: IPC revisions

Bild: DPMA

Last updated: 27 April 2021 

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