Patent or utility model? What’s the difference?

Let us make it clear for you. Patent and utility models are not the same thing, even if you have probably heard sometimes that utility models are just “small patents”.  Patents and utility models protect technical inventions that are new, based on an inventive step and commercially applicable. They confer on their owner the privilege, […]

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German patent application fees

Overview of fees Type of Fee Euro Application fee for online filing (including 10 patent claims) EUR 40 – extra fee for each additional claim EUR 20 Application fee for paper filing (including 10 patent claims) EUR 60 – extra fee for each additional claim EUR 30 Fee for search request EUR 300 Examination fee […]

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Patent application proceedings in Germany

In the examination procedure, the patent examiners of the DPMA check if your invention meets the following criteria: novelty inventive step industrial applicability Furthermore, the invention must have a technical character. The patent is the only IP right granted by the DPMA after a very extensive examination for novelty. Preliminary examination of the application By […]

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