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E-filing with the DPMA

DPMAdirektPro allows you to file a legally effective IP application online and submit electronic documents relating to this application online, at a later date. You will be prompted to fill in clear on-screen forms for submitting the data required for the requests. The data will automatically be converted into the data format required by the DPMA. For e-filing you need a special software, which we provide to you free of charge, as well as a qualified signature card.

Advantages over paper-based filing

  • plausibility check of data before sending (sparing the need to ask questions and avoiding delays)
  • secure/encrypted data transmission
  • verifiability of correct transmission
  • prompt acknowledgement of receipt
  • official file number in just a few minutes
  • no postal charges and no paper costs
  • reduced application fees
  • accurate identification of sender (signature card)

The following documents can be filed

  • patent applications (German, European and PCT)
  • utility model applications
  • trade mark applications
  • application for international registration (of a mark) and subsequent designation to the international registration
  • design applications
  • initiation of national phase entry of a PCT application for the grant of a patent or registration of a utility model
  • subsequent filing of documents pertaining to a German patent application or utility model application, for example:
  • requests for examination (for patents only) or search
  • description, claims, drawings, abstract (for patents only)
  • replies to office actions with enclosures (amended claims, description, drawings)
  • fair copy of amended application documents
  • priority documents/(plain) copy of an earlier application
  • non-patent literature
  • power of attorney or notification of representation
  • translation of the foreign-language application
  • mention of the inventor (for patents only)
  • request for extension of time limit
  • explanatory letter on the documents
  • oppositions in patent procedures
  • appeals in patent and trade mark procedures
  • applications for determination/declaration of invalidity - design procedures
  • specification of purpose of use of SEPA mandate
  • general submission of any document for all intellectual property rights of the DPMA (submission or subsequent filing of documents/requests)

Please note: The substantive formal requirements shall not be affected by the provisions of the Ordinance on Electronic Legal Transactions with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (Verordnung über den elektronischen Rechtsverkehr beim DPMA – ERVDPMAV) (see Section 1(2) ERVDPMAV).

  • in addition to general submission, there is also the option of subsequently filing the following documents pertaining to a particular German patent application or utility model application:
  • requests for examination (for patents only) or search
  • description, claims, drawings, abstract (for patents only)
  • replies to office actions with enclosures (amended claims, description, drawings)
  • fair copy of amended application documents
  • priority documents/(plain) copy of an earlier application
  • non-patent literature
  • power of attorney or notification of representation
  • translation of the foreign-language application
  • mention of the inventor (for patents only)
  • request for extension of time limit
  • explanatory letter on the documents

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Last updated: 13/09/19 

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