World Intellectual Property Day: events with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Press release of 21 April 2017

Munich. Innovation is turning problems into progress all over the world, making our lives healthier, safer and more comfortable. This is reason enough to focus on the importance of creativity and inventive thinking by running numerous activities and events on occasion of World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April.

Event series on "World IP Day" throughout Germany
This year, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) contributes again to World Intellectual Property Day and organises together with the regional patent information centres and other institutions a joint series of events all over Germany. In ten cities, twelve tailor-made seminars and lectures, offered by the DPMA and its cooperation partners, aim to attract, above all, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), students as well as start-ups that wish to gain information on industrial property protection and the enforcement of their IP rights.

World Intellectual Property Day, initiated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has been celebrated every year since 2000 on 26 April and offers a large number of activities and events around the globe. This year's theme of World IP Day is "Innovation - Improving Lives" and hence the thematic emphasis is placed on how innovation has succeeded to improve our daily lives. The intellectual property system, which also includes the national patent offices such as the DPMA, supports innovation: it encourages inventors but also investors to implement their ideas and rewards them with an IP right, for example, a patent. In return, innovative knowledge becomes freely available so that tomorrow's progress can be build on today's technology.

Click here for a full German-language programme of the nationwide series of events on World Intellectual Property Day. (The hyperlink in this document is no longer active.)

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office

The DPMA is the federal centre of expertise in the field of IP protection in Germany. With a staff of over 2,500, it is the largest national IP office in Europe and the fifth largest national patent office in the world. The staff based at locations in Munich, Jena and Berlin grant patents, register trade marks, utility models and designs, and manage these IP rights. In addition, they provide information on IP rights to the public. For more information on the DPMA, please go to

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