The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) recorded an extremely positive development of its annual figures for 2016. While the number of granted patents and registered trade marks increased significantly over the previous year, the backlogs in many types of IP procedures had substantially fallen by the end of 2016. For trade mark and patent applications, but also with regard to the demand for the search services offered by the DPMA and for the search reports issued, the output of the Federal authority again reached a record high in 2016.
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has now, for the first time, evaluated the modified cooperation agreements with the more than 20 patent information centres, which were newly concluded in 2015. The evaluation has shown that all patent information centres meet the demands placed on the services they offer to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both regarding the range of contents and with respect to a high quality level.
Within the framework of the Europe-wide harmonisation of the classification, convergence on the interpretation of the Nice class headings was achieved, which were published in a Common Communication of 29 September 2016. This Common Communication contains a complete overview of the practices of all European IP offices before and after the 'IP Translator' judgment.
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