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Electronic file inspection

The free, electronic file inspection for patent and utility model procedures is available online free of charge via the DPMAregister information system. Registry data on the IP right concerned is displayed alongside a "file inspection" button at the end of the page, next to the master and procedural data. By clicking the button, you will be directed to a security question, leading to a tabular overview of the released documents in PDF format to view, download or print.

If the file is not yet available online, you can usually request it via a special link. Please note that you will not receive information automatically as to when the file is available online as your request is submitted anonymously and cannot be traced.

However, you can receive such information should you monitor the file as part of our DPMAkurier service. Click on the button "Monitor via DPMAkurier" located at the bottom right-hand side of the page next to the master and procedural data to initiate the monitoring process.

Which files are available in the online file inspection service?

  • files pertaining to patents granted since 21 January 2013
  • files pertaining to utility models registered since 21 January 2013
  • files pertaining to patent applications submitted from 21 January 2013 and already published
  • patent and utility model files that have been requested for online inspection since 21 January 2013

Which file archives can be viewed online?

Online file inspection is provided by means of a core file. The following file sections, for example, can be viewed via the online file inspection area:

  • application documents including the request form for the grant of a patent/registration of a utility model
  • designation of inventor
  • search and examination request
  • search report
  • bibliography communication (BIB)
  • office actions (official communications on the examination)
  • replies to office actions (official communications on the examination) or follow-up to patent examinations and possible newly submitted documents
  • protocols of hearings in the examination procedure
  • decision to reject application
  • appeals
  • decision to grant
  • opposition or cancellation
  • pleading documents from parties involved in opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • protocols of hearings in opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • decision of the patent and utility model division in opposition and cancellation proceedings

Further parts of the file, such as:

  • requests for deadline extensions
  • priority documents and
  • non-patent literature

can be provided as part of the regular file inspection procedure.

Information on non-patent literature cited are available in the online file inspection area. This information often allows you to receive cited documents in a very short time period via libraries, online publishers or other sources.

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Last updated: 12/12/17 

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