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Number of the month March: 1,319 female staff at the DPMA

March 8 is International Women's Day. Therefore, our number of the month of March is dedicated to women. At the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) there are currently 1,319 female staff members, i.e. 48 per cent of the total staff (Status: 31/12/2019). We congratulate them and all women on this year's International Women's Day, which continues to stand for the fight for equal rights in society.

Almost half of our workforce is female. This reflects the fact that the DPMA is committed to equal opportunities: For example, flexible working hours enable our staff to reconcile work, family and leisure time. You will find more information on this on our career pages (in German).

The other figures of the month

Number of the month February
14,877 design applications in the goods class "furniture"

At the beginning of February, the "ambiente" will once again be held in Frankfurt, where exhibitors will present ideas, products and trends on the topics of "Dining" (table, kitchen and household goods), "Giving" (giving) and "Living" (living, furnishing and decorating). Reason for us to focus on the registered design. Most design applications at the DPMA come from the "living" sector. For example, the top product class for registered designs was the furniture sector with 14,877 counters.

Top 5 goods classes of registered designs (now with current figures from 2019)

Number of the month of January
75,548 - Number of main and subgroups of the IPC

At the turn of the year, version 2020.01 of the International Patent Classification (IPC) came into force. The IPC was given more than 1 100 new positions and now consists of 75 548 subdivisions. An overview of the most important changes can be found on our subpage "IPC Revisions".

The most important changes at a glance: IPC Revisions

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Last updated: 8 March 2020 

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