Notice Nr. 5/22
of the President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office of 2 May 2022 concerning the revision of the Guidelines for the Examination Procedure and the repeal of the Notice No. 7/87 of the President
The Guidelines for the Examination Procedure have been revised and in particular brought into line with amendments resulting from the Second Act to Simplify and Modernise Patent Law (2. Patentrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz) of 10 August 2021 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 3490).
The Guidelines for the Examination Procedure, as revised, entered into force on 1 May 2022. The Guidelines are addressed to the examining sections of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office.
A form P 2796 (not yet in english) containing the text of the Guidelines can be obtained free of charge from the German Patent and Trade Mark Office or accessed on the DPMA website under "Services", "Forms and more", "Patents".
At the same time, the Notice No. 7/87 of the President is repealed by this Notice. The details regarding the granting of time limits in examination procedures, which were the subject of this Notice, are now governed by section 2.5 of the Guidelines for the Examination Procedure.
The President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Last updated: 2 May 2022