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Caution: Fraudulent requests for payment by e-mail!

Fraudulent requests for payment circulated again! In contrast to previous cases of fraud, trade mark applicants were contacted by e-mail. The e-mails sent in the name of the Office management of the DPMA request the recipients to transfer allegedly due application fees (up into the four-digit range) to foreign accounts (recently also to a German IBAN). The scam e-mails are also accompanied by a forged trade mark certificate containing the logo of the DPMA.

The DPMA expressly points out that these e-mails are not related to the Office. The Office does not send invoices or requests for payment - neither for the application or renewal of IP rights nor for their publication in the official registers.

April 2024

  • Background (24.04.2024)
    World IP Day 2024: Shaping a sustainable future together - WIPO video message and DPMA contribution
  • World IP Day 2024 (09.04.2024)
    Building our common future with innovation and creativity
  • World of Design (09.04.2024)
    All about the "bike"

March 2024

  • Number of the month (28.03.2024)
    40 percent more published patent applications in the field of AI since 2019
  • Important notice (22.03.2024)
    On European cooperation in the field of trade mark law: trade mark applications made in bad faith
  • World of Design (21.03.2024)
    Happy Easter
  • Press release (18.03.2024)
    Boom in filings of AI inventions
  • Milestones (11.03.2024)
    Solar Gold and circuit laws: 200th birthday of Gustav Robert Kirchhoff
  • International Women’s Day 2024 (08.03.2024)
    "Invest in women: Accelerate progress"
  • Press release (06.03.2024)
    Partners for a strong innovation ecosystem: WIPO Director General Daren Tang visits DPMA
  • Press release (05.03.2024)
    DPMA annual figures: More inventions filed by German companies

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Last updated: 24 April 2024