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140 years of the patent office in Germany

This year, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office looks back at its history, which began in Berlin, 140 years ago: In 1877, the Imperial Patent Office was founded there, the first nation-wide institution for industrial property protection in Germany. Throughout the jubilee year, we will provide monthly insights into the history of the office, from 1877 until today.

Join us on an exciting journey through time!


Our articles published so far are available here:



Do you want to submerge yourself into the history of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office and know what sources we have used?
Then, we recommend that you read our bibliographic references (in German).

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