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Overview of current issues

International registrations of marks: Contact with WIPO will only be possible by electronic means

From 1 February 2023, contact with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva will have to take place electronically. This concerns communications both to and from WIPO. As a result, applicants for and holders of international registrations of marks and their representatives must have provided their e-mail addresses to WIPO. If they have not yet done so, they should provide an e-mail address to WIPO as soon as possible - to
Further information is available in externer Link WIPO Madrid Information Notice No. 19 of 11 May 2022 concerning amendments to the Administrative Instructions.

Mai 2023

  • Milestones (25.05.2023)
    170 years ago: Patent for the first German submarine by Wilhelm Bauer
  • Milestones (19.05.2023)
    175th birthday: Otto Lilienthal, the flying inventor
  • Background (16.05.2023)
    Father´s day beer transporter: The Bollerwagen handcart - Keep on rockin´and rolling!
  • Press release (09.05.2023)
    DPMA President congratulates LiFi pioneer Harald Haas on being selected as a finalist
  • Number of the month (05.05.2023)
    Only 7.6 percent of patent applications filed by female inventors

April 2023

  • Background (27.04.2023)
    May the 4th be with you - Star Wars Day: Use the Force (of IP)!
  • Press release (25.04.2023)
    More and more women inventors in Germany
  • World IP Day 2023 (21.04.2023)
    Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity
  • Milestones (18.04.2023)
    150th anniversary of the death of Justus von Liebig: A chemist feeds the world
  • Milestones (15.04.2023)
    120 years ago: Aviation pioneer Richard Pearse and the world's first motor flight

March 2023

  • Important notice (31.03.2023)
    IP applications: EPO filing tool eOLF to be decommissioned – DPMA recommends switching to DPMAdirektPro
  • Electricity shutdown:
    On Friday, March 31, the online services of the DPMA (DPMAdirektWeb, DPMAdirektPro, DPMAregister, DEPATISnet) will not be available from 10:30 a.m. until probably 2:30 p.m. due to maintenance work. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
  • Milestones (30.03.2023)
    50 years of mobile phone
  • Press release (27.03.2023)
    Considerable increase in innovations in battery technology
  • Background (20.03.2023)
    World Water Day 2023: Clean drinking water for all!
  • New features in DEPATISnet (17.03.2023)
    English translations relating to Chinese, Japanese and Korean patent specifications and claims in tree view
  • Guests at DPMA (17.03.2023)
    Before state visit of Federal Chancellor: DPMA welcomes Japanese industry representatives
  • Press release (09.03.2023)
    DPMA annual figures for 2022: Patent grants at a record level again
  • Ingenious women (02.03.2023)
    70 years ago: Thriller around the discovery of the DNA structure - Rosalind Franklin cheated out of world fame?

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Last updated: 25 May 2023