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This website is published by:

Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Zweibrückenstr. 12
80331 München
Phone: +49 89 2195-1000
Fax: +49 89 2195-2221
E-mail: info@dpma.de
USt-IdNr.: DE 811 208 709

Responsible for Content:
Hubert Rothe
Leiter der Abteilung Informationsdienste für die Öffentlichkeit
E-mail: internetredaktion@dpma.de

Design, Implementation and Technical Maintenance:
Hans Holzmann
Lisa Renninger
E-mail: webmaster@dpma.de

Picture Credits/Copyright:
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt


We assume no liability for completeness, editorial and technical errors, omissions or the accuracy of information on this website.
In particular, we make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the completeness or accuracy of information obtained through links to external websites.

Operators of websites are responsible for the content they make available for use on their own websites, subject to the provisions of general law. This 'own content' is to be distinguished from links to content provided by operators of external websites.

Hyperlinks to the contents of external websites are provided for informational purposes only.

Responsibility for the content of external websites lies solely with the provider of such content. External websites are carefully scrutinised and checked to the best of our knowledge and belief before any corresponding link is created. However, we make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the completeness or accuracy of information obtained through external hyperlinks. The content of external websites can be changed at any time without the knowledge of the editorial staff of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office.

With respect to all links provided on this website, we explicitly declare that we have no control over the design and content of external websites that can be accessed through links on this website; in addition, such links do not imply endorsement of the linked websites or their content. This declaration applies to all pages on this website and all links contained therein.
Please inform the online editorial staff if the German Patent and Trade Mark Office provides links to websites whose content may be deemed objectionable.
The online editorial staff of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office reserves the right, without prior notice, to change, supplement or remove the information provided on this website.

Data Protection Statement

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) is strongly committed to the protection of your personal data. We would like you to know what data we collect, when we collect data and how we use those data. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure that we and our external service providers comply with the applicable data protection provisions.

As we continue to enhance our website and implement new technologies it may become necessary for us to amend this data protection statement. Therefore we recommend that you occasionally re-read the data protection statement.

Log file information
When you visit our web pages the following data are stored in the log file for a maximum of six months:

  • name of file or page visited
  • date and time of access
  • amount of data transmitted
  • whether access was successful

The log file data cannot be traced back to individuals. They are used solely for the purpose of ensuring the security of the system and optimising our web service.

Solely in the event of unauthorised access or attempts to access our Internet infrastructure we reserve the right to temporarily store the IP addresses of the accessing host systems. The stored IP addresses are used solely to identify the source of trouble and to keep our web service operational or restore operation by initiating appropriate counter measures. In that case only, we reserve the right to initiate the tracing of personal data using individual data records and to use those data for the purpose of legal action.

Enquiries or orders
When you send us an e-mail, your e-mail and e-mail address will only be used to communicate with you. If the information in your e-mail is confidential, we strongly advise that you use an encrypted connection to prevent unauthorised access and corruption of information during data transmission. Your enquiry is recorded in accordance with an internal order of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office regarding storage and destruction of documents, based on guidelines stipulated by the German government.

When you order information material, newsletters or brochures, we ask for your name and other personal information. You are free to decide whether or not to submit these data. We store your information on highly secure servers in Germany. Access to these data is strictly limited to a small group of authorised persons who are responsible for the technical, commercial or editorial operation of the servers. The data will be deleted when you unsubscribe to the respective newsletter or when we have executed your order.

Disclosure of personal data to third parties
Data collected from visits to our web pages and stored on log files are transmitted to third parties only when required by law or court decision, or in cases when attacks on the Internet infrastructure of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office make it necessary to disclose such data for purposes of legal action or criminal prosecution. We do not transmit data for other commercial or non-commercial purposes.

When you order information material, personal information that you provide will only be used within the German Patent and Trade Mark Office and by the companies commissioned to distribute the brochures. We do not share these data with third parties without your explicit consent.

We do not use cookies on the web pages of www.dpma.de.

Protection of minors
Persons under the age of 18 should not transmit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardian. We do not solicit personal data from minors. We do not knowingly collect such data and do not share them with third parties.

Links to other websites
Our website contains links to external sites. We have no control over whether the operators of these linked websites comply with data protection provisions. We encourage you to always check the data protection statements on other websites you visit.

If you wish to obtain information on your personal data or other information on the treatment of personal data at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, please contact our data protection officer.

Data protection officer of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Parastou C. Münzing
Zweibrückenstraße 12
80331 München
Phone: +49 89/2195-1000
E-mail: datenschutz@dpma.de


The DPMA has designed its web pages largely in conformity with the guidelines of the ordinance for creating barrier-free information technology under the law on equal opportunities for people with disabilities (Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung - BITV 2.0).

So far, not all PDF files are available in an accessible format. Those that do meet BITV requirements are usually marked accordingly.

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