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175th birthday: Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
The Ray Man

He made one of the most famous discoveries in the history of science: Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was born 175 years ago on March 27, 1845. His "X-rays" not only revolutionized medical diagnostics, but also provided the impetus for further research, heralding the atomic age.

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Post-it anniversary
Career of the sticky notes (with a slow start)

Every invention is worthless as long as you do not know what you can use it for. Sometimes it takes years to find the right application for a development. One of the best known examples are the "Post-it" stickers. The underlying patent was registered 50 years ago and the product was launched on the market 40 years ago.

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"Natter" - the first manned rocket
Wooden infernal machine: First launch 75 years ago

75 years ago, on 1 March 1945, the first vertically-launching aircraft with rocket propulsion took off. The Bachem Ba 349 may also be called the first manned rocket. The "Natter" (viper, its project name) was a mixed construction of rocket and aircraft with a predetermined breaking point, a partially recyclable disposable interceptor.

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125 years ago - Patent for the Lumière brothers
When the pictures started moving: the Cinematograph

With this patent the success story of cinema began: 125 years ago, on 13 February 1895, the brothers August and Louis Lumière applied for a patent in France for an "Appareil servant à l'obtention et à la vision des épreuves chrono-photographiques" (FR 245.032). With the "Kinematograph", the moving image started conquering the world.

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Roller coaster

Roller coaster patents
135 years of screeching and racing

On 20 January 1885, one of the first patents for a roller coaster was granted: US310966A "Roller coasting structure" by L.A. Thompson. He had built a "Switchback Railway" the year before on Coney Island. This marked the beginning of the roller coaster's unbroken triumphal ride into amusement parks around the world.

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Prof. Dr. Artur Fischer

100th birthday of Artur Fischer
The mass inventor and his masterpiece

We owe it to Artur Fischer that pictures don't fall from the wall, shelves are fixed and the wardrobe hangs securely. The inventor from Tumlingen, who was born 100 years ago, is regarded as one of the most productive inventors of all time: he filed 2252 patents and utility models with the DPMA.

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85 years ski lift with T-bar
The invention that takes winter sports enthusiasts to the top

Winter holiday season! Many people are now heading towards mountains for skiing. But this winter fun would never have become a mass sport if there hadn't been some helpful inventions. The most important of these is now celebrating its anniversary: 85 years ago, the first ski lift with barst o cling on went into operation in Davos.

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Bauhaus building

100 years of Bauhaus
Art meets technology

One of the greatest German "inventions" of the 20th century is celebrating its 100th birthday this year: the Bauhaus, which existed for only 14 years, has had a lasting influence on art, design and architecture all over the world. And at the same time it was a visionary concept of society.

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Thirty years of "The Simpsons"
Money & merchandise, or: When the going gets Duff

They are yellow, ugly, chaotic - and incredibly popular: 30 years ago "The Simpsons" appeared for the first time on US television. 31 seasons and over 650 episodes later, the series is the most long-lived and successful in the United States. And a billion-dollar business worldwide, backed by the full range of intellectual property protection rights.

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60 years of evening greetings
Why Sandmännchen (Sandmen) don't retire

If the GDR still existed, November 22, 2019 would be a day of joy for the Sandman: Because with their 60th birthday, GDR citizens could finally retire and travel to the West. Thus, Sandmännchen would have been able to get to know the North Sea and Bavaria and bring his relatives in the East West Coffee and filled chocolate.

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Asterix and Obelix

Asterix wird 60
World literature with wild boars

By Toutatis! A real European cultural asset celebrates its 60th birthday, and the whole of Gaul is celebrating. The whole of Gaul? Yes, indeed! With special coins, stamps, exhibitions and everything that it involves. On 29 October 1959, Asterix the Gaul had his very first appearance in the pilot edition of the French youth magazine “Pilote”.

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Papierakte "Perkeo"

Eternal life is possible
Germany's number 1 brand "Perkeo" celebrates its 125th birthday

It took just 16 days from the filing of the application to the registration of the German trademark number 1 "Perkeo": on October 1, 1894, the "Law for the Protection of the Description of Goods" or "Warenbezeichnungsgesetz" for short came into force, which for the first time also protected word marks and equipment.

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Technology in football
The screw stud shoe: Who invented it?

To this day, a football legend persists: Adi Dassler, so the tale goes, made a decisive contribution to the "Miracle of Bern" with the screw-in studs he invented. But Dassler did not invent the screw-in studs at all. 70 years ago, on 30 August 1949, Alexander Salot applied for a patent for "replaceable anti-skid studs".

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Withehead´s No 21

Wright or wrong?
The Whitehead mystery of the world's first flight

Perhaps the world's first powered flight took place on August 14, 1901 in Bridgeport, Connecticut - or maybe not. Few questions in the history of technology are discussed as fiercely as the question of whether the Wright brothers were the first to fly a powered aircraft - or Gustave Whitehead more than two years earlier?

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon

50 years lunar landing
The patents that brought the man to the moon

It was one of the greatest events in the history of mankind: 50 years ago the first astronaut walked the moon. A small step in that very moment for Neil Armstrong, but a giant leap for mankind.

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Farina Firmenschild von 1868

World's oldest perfume manufacturer
310 years of fighting imitators

One of the oldest German companies celebrates its anniversary: For 310 years the company "Johann Maria Farina gegenüber dem Jülichs-Platz GmbH" has been in existence in Cologne. And for almost as long the world's oldest perfume factory still in existence has been fighting against counterfeiters, imitators and product pirates.

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Beginning of the Bicycle Age
Karl Drais´ first ride with his “Laufmaschine” (hobby-horse)

The citizens of Mannheim were amazed at this June 12, 1817: someone rushed through their streets on a wooden frame with two wheels, completely without horses! It was Karl von Drais who introduced them to his running machine. It was the first steerable, muscle-powered two-wheeler and the forerunner of today's bicycle.

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Anniversary of the comic character
Donald Duck turns 85

At the age of 85 still choleric, mostly unlucky, chronically broke and single father of triplets: Donald Duck still doesn't have it easy. Probably the most famous comic figure on the planet (next to Mickey Mouse from the same house) celebrates his birthday.

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Strandkorbs on the beach

The Strandkorb
The career of a curious construct

The best of all inventions for a holiday by the sea or a clunky bourgeois accessory? The colourful monsters are an indispensable part of the German coastline, but on other shores you don't know them at all. 127 years ago, in June 1882, the first strandkorb was said to have been put up in Waremünde.

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Zhe Antikythera mechanism

The Antikythera mechanism
The "first computer" - an ancient miracle of technology

Spring 1900 in the Aegean Sea: Off the coast of the small Greek island Antikythera men dive for sponges. They reach into depths of 50 meters and more. One of them, Ilias Stadiatis, returns from his dive with the bronze arm of an ancient statue. He has found an ancient shipwreck on the seabed.

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Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago
Fearless researcher, visionary inventor

On 2 May 1519, a man of superlatives died at Clos Lucé Castle in Amboise, Leonardo da Vinci. He is not only regarded as one of the greatest painters in history, but also as an unrivalled all-round genius and universal scholar. Numerous new books and exhibitions celebrate the Renaissance Superman.

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Albert Einstein´s 140th anniversary
The best-known patent examiner of all time

A genius of the century, an icon of the natural sciences, the most famous physicist of all time: With Albert Einstein, you run out of superlatives. 140 years ago, on 14 March 1879, in Ulm was born the man who shaped our knowledge of the world as only Newton did before him.

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Tempo 90
A brand and its birthday

A brand which has become a synonym in Germany and which, after 90 years, has a degree of recognition of practically 100 percent? Oskar Rosenfelder probably never dreamed of this when he filed the word mark "Tempo" (407752) with the Reich Patent Office in Berlin on 29 January 1929.

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90 years "Tintin"
Comic of the 20th century: The clever boy with the iconic quiff

Billions of billious blue blistering barnacles! Can it really be true that Titin and Snowy are already 90 years old? That's how it is: On January 10, 1929, the magazine "Le Petit Vingtième" published the first episode of "Tintin", probably the most influential European comic strip.

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Joseph Mohr´s autograph

200 years of “Silent Night”
The song, its history and the trade marks

It is referred to as the “eternal song”, now it turns 200 years old: “Silent Night, Holy Night” (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht), probably the most famous Christmas song in the world. The song is sung all over the world in the most diverse languages and dialects. It is assumed that there are up to 300 translations.

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50 years White Album
The Beatles, their masterpiece and a famous trademark Dispute

50 years ago, on 22 November 1968, probably the most musically versatile album of all time was released: "The Beatles", better known as the "White Album". A milestone of music, but also of the economic history of popular culture, because this was the seed of a dispute over trademarks and copyrights that lasted for decades.

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100 Years “Freistaat”
Palaces, schnapps & taxes: Bavaria's trade marks

These were turbulent times at the beginning of November 1918: the First World War was lost, uprisings and revolutions flared up, in Bavaria the Free State was proclaimed. For the 100th anniversary, we would like to take a look at the trade mmarks of the Free State of Bavaria registered with the DPMA.

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Horch 670 Sport Cabriolet

150th birthday of August Horch
The godfather of fast cars

His name puts a smile on the faces of classic car enthusiasts: August Horch, one of the great pioneers of automotive engineering, would have celebrated his 150th birthday this year.

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60 years three-point belt
The life-saver that was only slowly accepted

This invention has saved the lives of countless people: On August 29, 1958, a patent application was filed in Sweden for the three-point belt. Nils Ivar Bohlin, engineer at the car manufacturer Volvo, thus brought the safety belt for vehicles, which had been known for over 50 years, into its current form.

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250 years patent for James Watt
The steam of a world in change

No, James Watt didn't invent the steam engine. But he turned it into a machine that actually changed the world. 250 years ago, on 5 January 1769, the Scotsman received a patent on his "New invented method of lessening the consumption of steam and fuel in fire engines".

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90 years Mickey Mouse
Of mice and money

The world's best-known comic figure, Mickey Mouse, made her first appearance 90 years ago. Although the premiere of the film "Steamboat Willie" on November 18, 1928 is often assumed to be the date of birth of the mouse, it actually had its screen debut on May 15 of the same year in the cartoon "Plane Crazy".

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Last updated: 30 March 2020 


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