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Cooperation

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National, European and international cooperation

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office is the central granting authority at the federal level. It cooperates with a large number of other institutions at Laender or federal level and other bodies involved. The role that the legislator has attributed to industrial property protection in the interest of the national economy requires coordinated efforts of all competent public institutions and circles involved. Furthermore, intensified cooperation is required at the European and international levels in view of the growing importance of the Common Market within the European Union and the increasing trade relations with states outside the EU.

National level

At the national level, close cooperation with patent attorneys, represented by Patentanwaltskammer (Chamber of Patent Attorneys) and Bundespatentgericht (Federal Patent Court) is of fundamental importance for the work of the DPMA. In addition, there are many other fields of cooperation:

Fostering IP protection among small and medium enterprises, scientific and research institutions

The DPMA supports the activities of the regional Patentinformationszentren (patent information centres), the Industrie- und Handelskammern (German Chambers of Industry and Commerce) and professional associations. It is in close contact with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology that supports the SIGNO-Netzwerk (formerly 'INSTI') and the Patentverwertungsagenturen (patent exploitation agencies) at the universities. The Ministry's Patentserver provides information on funding options and questions of patent exploitation. Together with Zentralstelle Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (central unit of industrial property protection) of the customs services, the DPMA attends important fairs in order to provide information on product piracy and trade mark counterfeiting.

Information on industrial property rights

The central information services of the DPMA on the Internet are supplemented by qualified advice and information services at the regional level. The DPMA specifically supports the regional Patentinformationszentren (patent information centres).

Cooperation with interest groups

The DPMA cooperates with various user panels in order to adapt business processes to user needs. These interest groups include VPP, ARPAD, ARMAD and PDG.

European level

At the European level, the DPMA has close relations with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Together with the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the DPMA represents the interests of the member state Germany in the bodies of the European Patent Organisation and the Administrative Board of the EUIPO. In addition, the DPMA cooperates with the EPO and the EUIPO at various working levels.

From 2007 to 2011, 20 national patent offices of EU member states (including the DPMA) joined forces to raise awareness for intellectual property among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe and to provide information on the enforcement of IP rights. The project, which was called "IPeuropAware" was funded and supported by the European Commission. To implement the project at the national level, diverse information events took place in Germany. Furthermore, the sectoral guides entitled "Intellectual property ? a business tool for SMEs", which had been prepared during the project, were presented and distributed. All results of the project are compiled in the publication (6,54 MB) Promoting the benefits of greater knowledge and effective management of IP in European SMEs & Intermediaries.

From 2011 to 2015, the DPMA participated in the follow-up project "IPorta" - also initiated and funded by the European Commission. This project aimed at strengthening the cooperation between national patent and trade mark offices. Further stakeholders were brought into the project, for example, the Enterprise Europe Network "EEN" and the "IPR Helpdesk", which is also funded by the European Commission. 15 patent and trade mark offices in total participated in the project, including among others the offices of France, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Poland and Turkey. The information platform www.innovaccess.eu was also further developed. It publishes comprehensive information on industrial property protection in EU countries.

Since January 2016, the DPMA has been working together with 34 national patent and trade mark offices as well as 19 science and research institutions in the project "VIP4SME" (Value Intellectual Property for SMEs) within the EU funding programme "HORIZON 2020". The goal of this project is to enhance intellectual property support services to SMEs and raise their understanding of the importance and effects of European IP rights. In this project, the DPMA works closely together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO.

EU projects: better IP protection for small and medium enterprises

From 2007 to 2011, 20 national patent offices of EU member states (including the DPMA) joined forces to raise awareness for intellectual property among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe and to provide information on the enforcement of IP rights. The project, which was called "IPeuropAware" was funded and supported by the European Commission. To implement the project at the national level, diverse information events took place in Germany. Furthermore, the sectoral guides entitled "Intellectual property - a business tool for SMEs", which had been prepared during the project, were presented and distributed. All results of the project are compiled in the publication pdf- Datei (6,54 MB) Promoting the benefits of greater knowledge and effective management of IP in European SMEs & Intermediaries.

From 2011 to 2015, the DPMA participated in the follow-up project "IPorta" - also initiated and funded by the European Commission. This project aimed at strengthening the cooperation between national patent and trade mark offices. Further stakeholders were brought into the project, for example, the Enterprise Europe Network "EEN" and the "IPR Helpdesk", which is also funded by the European Commission. 15 patent and trade mark offices in total participated in the project, including among others the offices of France, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Poland and Turkey. The information platform www.innovaccess.eu was also further developed. It publishes comprehensive information on industrial property protection in EU countries.

Since January 2016, the DPMA has been working together with 34 national patent and trade mark offices as well as 19 science and research institutions in the project "VIP4SME" (Value Intellectual Property for SMEs) within the EU funding programme "HORIZON2020". The goal of this project is to enhance intellectual property support services to SMEs and raise their understanding of the importance and effects of European IP rights. In this project, the DPMA works closely together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO.

International level

At the international level the DPMA is a member of many bodies of the World Intellectual Property Organization, based in Geneva, and maintains partnership relations with other IP offices around the world.

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