Intellectual Property Protection
The following institutions are responsible for the protection of intellectual property rights. More information is available on our relevant pages on protecting intellectual property.
German Patent- and Trademark Office (DPMA)
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt DPMA) is the central authority in the field of industrial property protection in Germany.
European Patent Office
The European Patent Office (EPO) provides a uniform application procedure for individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 38 European countries. It is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation and is supervised by the Administrative Council.
Federal Patent Court
The Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht) renders decisions on appeals against decisions of the sections and departments for patents, utility models, semiconductor topographies, trademarks and industrial design of the German Patent and Trademark Office.
German Patent Attorney Bar Association (German Only)
The German Patent Attorney Bar Association (Patentanwaltskammer) is the professional chamber of patent attorneys in Germany. The site maintains a search function that may help finding patent attorneys with the required technical qualification.
Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys (German only)
The Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys (Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte) is a voluntary association representing the interests of patent attorneys.