From patent procedures to product protection in China: information events with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office on occasion of World Intellectual Property Day

Press release of 17 April 2018

Munich. How does an invention turn into a patent? Should I have my company name registered as a trade mark? And how do I protect my products in China? On occasion of World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and its partner organisations once again inform about innovation and IP protection. With events taking place in ten German cities, the programme ranges from introductions to trade mark and patent applications over lectures about innovation management to consulting services on how to protect against counterfeiting. The events are organised by the DPMA in cooperation with regional patent information centres as well as other institutions and aim to attract, above all, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and students.

The full programme of the nationwide series of events on World Intellectual Property Day can be found on our German website.

World Intellectual Property Day was proclaimed as "World IP Day" 17 years ago by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the UN’s specialised agency for intellectual property, with the aim of underlining the outstanding role and value of creativity and intellectual achievements. The yearly "World IP Day" is intended to help promote and raise awareness of topics and activities of industrial property protection.

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day highlights the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future. Whether in the creative sphere, such as movies, music, fashion or design, or also in the field of science, such as nanotechnologies, medical science or robotics – women, too, are driving change in our lives with game-changing inventions. Their remarkable achievements inspire young girls with aspirations to become the inventors and creators of tomorrow.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Inventiveness and creativity need effective protection. The DPMA is the national centre of expertise for all intellectual property rights – for patents, utility models, trade marks and registered designs. As the largest national patent office in Europe and the fifth largest national patent office in the world, it is committed to Germany’s future as a country of inventors in a globalised economy. Its staff of over 2,600 at three DPMA locations – Munich, Jena and Berlin – provide services for inventors and companies. They implement federal innovation strategies and develop the national, European and international protection systems further.

Last updated: 14 May 2024