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European Inventor Award 2017: Vote now for your favourite inventor to receive the Popular Prize

Voting is open for the European Inventor Award 2017 Popular Prize. Members of the public are invited to cast their vote for their favourite inventor from among the 15 finalists. The winner will be announced when the European Patent Office (EPO) presents this year's Award ceremony in Venice on 15 June. The European Inventor Award is presented annually by the EPO. While the winners of the Award's five categories, "Industry", "Research", "Non-EPO countries", "Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)", and "Lifetime achievement", are selected by an international jury, the public alone decides who takes home the Popular Prize. Voting is easy: An online vote open to everyone runs until 11 June at All 15 finalists and their inventions are presented on the EPO website, so the public can pick their favourite. Voters will be entered into a draw, giving them the chance to win a prize - a small, innovative tech product.

Study on Supplementary Protection Certificates

The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is currently conducting a study on Supplementary Protection Certificates in the European Union on behalf of the European Commission. The study aims to include the views and opinions of a wide range of stakeholders including pharmaceutical companies, professional and industry associations as well lawyers, patent attorneys and other interest groups. With this purpose, the Max Planck Institute in collaboration with the German Allensbach Institute is about to distribute a questionnaire-based survey. The survey includes questions on the past experience with the system, general policy considerations, assessment of the present legal rules, as well as some proposals on the potential amendment of the current SPC Regulations. The answers will be collected on an anonymous basis. If you are interested in participating in the survey, please contact the Max Planck Institute at

World Intellectual Property Day: events with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office

This year, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) contributes again to World Intellectual Property Day and organises together with the regional patent information centres and other institutions a joint series of events all over Germany. In ten cities, twelve tailor-made seminars and lectures, offered by the DPMA and its cooperation partners, aim to attract, above all, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), students as well as start-ups that wish to gain information on industrial property protection and the enforcement of their IP rights.

DPMAnutzerforum 2017 with a new concept

Almost 200 representatives from industry, professional associations as well as patent attorneys and lawyers gathered at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) today to learn about current developments and projects. The participants took part in a modified DPMAnutzerforum, which has been an established event of the federal authority for many years. The main event is preceded by a workshop on the future electronic e-service DPMAdirektPro, allowing electronic transmittal of documents to applicants and representatives.

Record numbers for granted patents and registered trade marks - stable filings at a high level - simultaneous reduction of backlogs

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.

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