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The DPMA wishes you

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020

Dear reader,

Let's be honest: Have you already bought all presents and decorated your home for Christmas? If you are still looking for a suitable Christmas tree stand and tasteful Christmas music, here is an exciting combination for you from our DEPATISnet patent database: The revolving Christmas tree stand connected to a gramophone was patented as early as 1912 ( pdf-Datei patent number 256359). It is designed in such a way that both the shellac record and the Christmas tree can be rotated by turning the crank of the "speaking machine" and the records can also be exchanged without any problems.

Well then: The only thing missing now is the right lighting for this fir tree spinning to the tune of "Sweeter the Bells Never Sound". Here, of course, we also have something for you from our patent pool: the utility model pdf-Datei DE 20 2012 100 459 "LED bulb with effective heat dissipation".

In times of climate crisis and an increased awareness of animal welfare and environmental protection, the question arises as to how Santa might deliver your presents this year. Here is a suggestion: Instead of a reindeer sleigh or SUV, a combination of climbing skis and snowboard might be the answer (patent specification pdf-Datei DE 103 30 642 B4). All Santa needs now is something to put on his feet. How about a "ski boot with an essentially stiff outer boot and a soft inner boot or inner lining for receiving the foot of a skier" (patent specification pdf-Datei DE 601 31 107 T2 (3,37 MB)?

And the presents? There is also a lot to be found in DEPATISnet. Just have a look and see for yourself. Or why don’t you make your own invention? But before you give it away or tell others about it, remember to apply for a patent for it. Otherwise it would no longer be new and eligible for patent protection. Please also remember that the DPMA will be closed from 24 December 2019 to 1 January 2020. Nevertheless, by using DPMAdirektPro you can file an application for your invention 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

So all that remains for us to do is to wish you and your family a merry and peaceful Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2020.

The staff of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in Munich, Jena and Berlin

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Last updated: 13 February 2020 

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