A glance at 2023 - DPMA Annual Report 2023 (2024)

  • Home page
    • IP rights in figures
    • Preface
    • Tasks and organisation
  • Patents
    • Overview
    • In focus Digitisation and renewable energy sources
    • Briefly explained The International Patent Classification (IPC)
    • Interview Professor Uwe Cantner, Chairman of the Federal Government's Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation
    • 50 years ago European Patent Convention
  • Utility Models
    • Overview
    • 150 years ago Melitta Bentz and the reinvention of coffee
  • Trade Marks
    • Overview
    • Perspective Katharina Mirbt, Head of Directorate Trade Marks and Designs
    • Briefly explained Opposition proceedings
    • 100 years ago Happy 100th birthday, dear Loriot!
    • Geographical indications of origin
  • Designs
    • Overview
    • In Focus DesignEuropa Awards 2023
    • Briefly explained Deferment of publication
    • Interview Vice-President Dr Maria Skottke-Klein and Vice-President Bernd Maile
    • 25 years ago 25 years in Jena: The DPMA celebrates — and expands
    • Perspective Patent examiner — and a man “with family responsibilities”
    • In focus Initial consultation for inventors
    • In focus Our LinkedIn channel
    • At a glance Personnel and finances
    • Customer care and electronic services
    • Our strategy, our projects
    • Patent attorney training
    • Supervision under the CMO Act
    • Arbitration boards at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
    • Our statutory information duty
    • National cooperation partners
    • International cooperation
    • Inventor and innovation awards
  • Events/Outlook
    • Press releases 2023
    • A glance at 2024
  • Statistics

A glance at 2023 - DPMA Annual Report 2023 (1)

The DPMA will move into a new office building in Munich, probably in late 2024/early 2025. The building is located on Anzinger Straße near the Ostbahnhof railway station. In addition to our main building on Zweibrückenstraße, we will thus establish a second large office in Munich and leave the other offices in Munich.

A glance at 2023 - DPMA Annual Report 2023 (2)

Directorate General 1 (Patents and Utility Models) will move into the building. This means that staff from patent examination and patent administration will share a place for work and encounter in Munich. The new building will also offer hearing rooms, library services and a hall, e.g. for events of Directorate General 1 such as qualifying examinations for patent attorneys. We look forward to our new office in the agile and innovative Werksviertel, a growing and constantly changing district of Munich!

Quality assurance measures in the examination procedure

The quality of the products and services is an important reason for the great trust applicants have in the DPMA. Consequently, the quality of patent examination is our main priority; at the same time, we focus on the intensive technical and substantive examination — without too many formalities. In view of this, we have introduced several quality assurance measures in the examination procedure, effective immediately. To improve the quality and consistency of first office actions, we had previously prepared a template that is now regularly used as a basis for the review of first office actions. Furthermore, we have developed a new training course relating to search strategies that uses AI to teach how to use certain search tools in the most effective possible way, and we have integrated new functions to document searches in the electronic IP case file.

To identify and define options for additional future improvements, we aim to conduct customer surveys on the satisfaction with first office actions.

Cooperation with Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

Industry, technology, teaching and intellectual property (IP) become more and more interconnected: For a short time, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) has offered the master’s course Patent Engineering (M.Sc.), the only one of its kind in Germany. The special thing about that programme is the combination of technical contents and IP knowledge — a novelty in Germany’s higher education landscape.

The DPMA appreciates and promotes this development. Within the scope of a cooperation agreement with the THI, the DPMA provides the THI with information or guest contributions of its staff and intensely promotes the comprehensive IP offering of the THI, e.g. the Ingolstadt Patent Day or the regularly held Ingolstadt Patent Talks, on its social media channels.

In this way, we make an important contribution to raising awareness of IP already at higher education establishments and universities. Information about what else we do for educational establishments can be found here (in German). Feel free to contact us!

A glance at 2023 - DPMA Annual Report 2023 (3)

OverviewDPMA Trade fair calendar 2024

DPMA Trade fair calendar 2024
DateTrade fairVenueInfo
12 to 14 January 2024optiMunichMobile IP experts
26 to 30 January 2024AmbienteFrankfurtBooth
19 to 23 February 2024R+TStuttgartMobile IP experts
19 to 21 March 2024LogiMATStuttgartMobile IP experts
13 to 17 May 2024IFATMunichMobile IP experts
5 to 7 June 2024PATINFOIlmenauBooth
19 to 21 June 2024Power2Drive EuropeMunichMobile IP experts
19 to 21 June 2024Intersolar EuropeMunichMobile IP experts
19 to 21 June 2024EM EuropeMunichMobile IP experts
19 to 21 June 2024ees EuropeMunichMobile IP experts
15 to 17 October 2024eMove360MunichMobile IP experts
26 to 28 October 2024iENANurembergBooth
12 to 15 November 2024electronicaMunichMobile IP experts
3 to 5 December 2024ISPOMunichMobile IP experts

An up-to-date version of our trade fair and event calendar is available on our website.

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