Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt

Zweibrückenstr. 12, 80331 München
Telephone +49 89 21950
Fax +49 89 21952221


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  • 06  equipment/services/infrastructure
  • 06.08  Industrial associations and professional organizations

Industrial associations and professional organizations

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Product category: Industrial associations and professional organizations

Utility Models

Technical inventions which are new and industrially applicable can also be protected by a utility model right if they involve a certain degree of inventiveness. A utility model gives its owner the right to exclusively use the invention for up to 10 years. Contrary to a patent, the invention is not examined for novelty and inventiveness. For that reason the utility model can be registered very fast and at low cost. An examination will only be carried out, when a request for cancellation is filed.

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Product category: Industrial associations and professional organizations

Trade Marks

Words, images, sounds, shapes, colours and other signs can be registered as trade marks. The term of protection is 10 years. It can be renewed indefinitely. It is not possible to register signs or indications which are merely descriptive of the kind, quality or other properties and features of the goods or services applied for.

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Product category: Industrial associations and professional organizations


Technical inventions may be protected by patents, if they are new worldwide, involve an inventive step and are capable of industrial application. The patent gives its owner the exclusive right to exploit the invention within a period of up to 20 years. No other person may use the patented invention without permission.

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Product category: Industrial associations and professional organizations


Designs protection covers the outward appearance of two-dimensional or three-dimensional articles. When a design has been registered, the applicant has the exclusive right to use the protected design. Designs protection will only come into effect if the design is new and has individual character at the time of filing the application. However, novelty and individual character are not examined upon registration of the design, but only later, by the civil courts, in case of litigation. Design protection lasts up to 25 years.

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Economically successful ideas will often be copied. Industrial property (IP) rights provide an effective way to fight plagiarism and counterfeiting. Patents and utility models protect technical elements, trade marks protect the "good name" and registered designs protect the shapes and colours of products. They give the owner the right to seek injunctive relief and claim damages, where appropriate.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) grants patents, registers trade marks, utility models and designs, and manages these IP rights. In addition, the DPMA provides information to the public on IP rights.

Together with its predecessors - Kaiserliches Patentamt and Reichspatentamt - the DPMA looks back on more than 130 years of history. At present, the office has about 2,550 staff at its locations in Munich, Jena and Berlin.

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