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Overview of current issues

Caution: Fraudulent requests for payment by e-mail!

Fraudulent requests for payment circulated again! In contrast to previous cases of fraud, trade mark applicants were contacted by e-mail. The e-mails sent in the name of the Office management of the DPMA request the recipients to transfer allegedly due application fees (up into the four-digit range) to foreign accounts. The scam e-mails are also accompanied by a forged trade mark certificate containing the logo of the DPMA and an imitation signature of the office management.

The DPMA expressly points out that these e-mails are not related to the Office. The Office does not send invoices or requests for payment - neither for the application or renewal of IP rights nor for their publication in the official registers.

December 2023

  • Background (04.12.2023)
    Christmas time and IP: Santa Claus patents, designs and trade marks
  • Events (04.12.2023)
    DPMAnutzerforum 2024
  • Press release (01.12.2023)
    Dr Maria Skottke-Klein is new Vice-President of the DPMA

November 2023

October 2023

September 2023

  • Press Release (27.09.2023)
    Germany ranks 8th in World Intellectual Property Organization‘s list of most innovative states – DPMA President: innovation system is stable, productive and efficient, yet there are risks due to digitisation deficit
  • Women in IP (26.09.2023)
  • Milestones (22.09.2023)
    95 years Penicillin: Blunting wonder weapon
  • Events (18.09.2023)
    How to benefit from patents, trade marks and other IP rights: Nationwide PIZnet action week with free consultations on dealing with industrial property rights starts today
  • World of Design (12.09.2023)
    It barks and meows through the design register
  • Milestones (06.09.2023)
    65 years ago: The 'big bang' of microelectronics - The very first Integrated Circuit
  • DesignEuropa Awards 2023 (05.09.2023)
    Integrated electric outboard motor, fully automatic espresso coffee machine and a woman who changed the world

International registrations of marks: Contact with WIPO will only be possible by electronic means

From 1 February 2023, contact with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva will have to take place electronically. This concerns communications both to and from WIPO. As a result, applicants for and holders of international registrations of marks and their representatives must have provided their e-mail addresses to WIPO. If they have not yet done so, they should provide an e-mail address to WIPO as soon as possible - to
Further information is available in externer Link WIPO Madrid Information Notice No. 19 of 11 May 2022 concerning amendments to the Administrative Instructions.

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Last updated: 5 December 2023