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Patents and trademarks-Protection options

Patents, utility models, design patents and trademarks - these are the different protection options for technical inventions, designs or product names.


Here you will find information about formalities related to this subject:

  • Design; Registration

    Designs that are new and have individual character can be protected as a registered design at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA).

  • Trademark; Application

    Marks that serve to distinguish the goods and services of one company from those of other companies can be protected as trademarks at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA).

  • Patents, utility models, trade marks and designs; search in the DPMA Register

    If you need information on the current legal and procedural status of patents, utility models or trade marks, you can carry out online searches in the "DPMAregister" service.

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