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Continued strong demand for German patents and trade marks

Press release of 27 October 2015

Nuremberg/Munich. For the past six years, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has seen a constant increase in patent applications: for 2015, applications figures are expected to rise again. The patent applications filed with the DPMA in the first seven months of the current year surpass the application figures of the same period in the preceding year. These figures were at a high level in 2014: with 65,958 patent applications, a record high was reached. Likewise, an increase in trade mark applications is expected in 2015. For the fourth year in a row, the upward trend in application figures continues. The business situation is based on preliminary projections of the DPMA that were made public on occasion of the opening of the international trade fair iENA (Ideas - Inventions - New Products) in Nuremberg.

"The basis for each industrial property right - whether patent, trade mark, utility model or design - is an innovative thought, a great idea and a creative approach of an individual or a company. It is intellectual property that can be protected," said the President of the DPMA, Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer. "The current projections for 2015 show that there still is a constant high demand for this important legal protection and our services. What is significant in this context is the constant strong rise in international patent applications at the DPMA," Rudloff-Schäffer continued.

Focusing on SMEs and individual inventors

"We can find scientific curiosity, creativity and inventiveness in large enterprises with efficient IP management as well as in a next-door inventor's workshop. This is why good service for individual inventors as well as for SMEs is particularly important to us," said Rudloff-Schäffer. In the previous year, the DPMA presented itself at iENA 2014 with a newly designed trade fair stand and chose to focus its presentation on the needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as of individual inventors. Our stand was greatly received by the trade fair visitors. Due to this positive reception and strong demand, the DPMA offers services tailor-made for this group in the form of workshops, lectures and the free-of-charge initial consultation for inventors again at iENA 2015. Twenty-three patent information centres, with which the DPMA is cooperating, complete our services offered and provide support with IP management. They are strong regional partners and can provide advice to inventors and companies in the region.

With its information stands, the DPMA is present at the most important trade fairs all over Germany. Comprehensive information about industrial property rights is available at where you can also freely access the electronic databases.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office

The DPMA is the national centre of expertise in the field of IP protection in Germany. With a staff of over 2,500, it is the largest national IP office in Europe and the fifth largest national patent office in the world. The staff based at locations in Munich, Jena and Berlin grant patents, register trade marks, utility models and designs, and manage these IP rights. In addition, they provide information on IP rights to the public. For more information on the DPMA, please go to here.

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