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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.

July 2024

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    Europe is a world leader in the development of new technologies in the water sector, such as drinking water production, efficient water utilisation, wastewater treatment and flood protection. This is shown by a study published today by the externer Link European Patent Office (EPO). In the period from 1992 to 2021, 40 per cent of all international patent families on water technologies were filed by applicants from the EPO's 39 member states. This puts Europe well ahead in terms of inventions in the water sector, followed by the USA and Japan. The leading European countries are currently Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
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  • Inventor and Innovation Awards (09.07.2024)
    European Inventor Award 2024: DPMA President Eva Schewior congratulates
  • Important notice (08.07.2024)
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June 2024

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Last updated: 18 July 2024