For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of helpful links to other websites that may be of use to you. We’ve also provided a glossary with a comprehensive list of the most important abbreviations and technical terms to assist you in better understanding intellectual property related texts.
The Markengesetz (MarkenG – Trademark Act) provides the legal framework for protecting trademarks, business relationships and indications of geographical origin.
The Designgesetz (DesignG – Design Act) provides the legal framework for protecting aesthetic designs.
The Patentgesetz (PatG – Patent Act) provides the legal framework for protecting technological inventions.
The Gebrauchsmustergesetz (GebrMG – Utility Model Law) provides the legal framework for protecting technical inventions.
The Urhebergesetz (UrhG – Copyright Law) defines the rights of a work’s creator or author.
Act Against Unfair Competition (Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb)
The Act Against Unfair Competition (Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb (UWG)) provides the legal framework for settling disputes and claims between market participants in cases of unfair competition.
Act on Employee’s Inventions (Arbeitnehmer-erfindungsgesetz)
The Act on Employee’s Inventions (Arbeitnehmererfindungsgesetz (ArbnErfG)) balances the interests of employers and employees who have originated technical inventions during their employment.
European Patent Convention (Europäische Patentübereinkunft)
The European Patent Convention (Europäische Patentübereinkunft (EPÜ)) is an international treaty creating the European Patent Organisation (EPO) and provides the framework for granting European patents.
Patent Cooperation Treaty
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is a treaty on international cooperation in the area of patent law: a single patent application can lead to patents in several countries (also countries outside of Europe).
Offices and Courts
German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht)
The German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht (BPatG)) was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Munich. As a court of ordinary jurisdiction, it settles disputes in the field of industrial property protection.
German Patent and Trademark Office (Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt)
The German Patent and Trademark Office (Deutsche Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA)) was founded in 1949 and has been headquartered in Munich ever since. It is the successor of the imperial patent office, which was founded in 1877 in Berlin. As a service provider in the field of the industrial property protection it attends to the registration, publication, grant and management of industrial property rights.
Federal High Court of Justice of Germany (Bundesgerichtshof)
The Federal Court of Justice of Germany (Bundesgerichtshof (BGH)) was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Karlsruhe. As the supreme court of ordinary jurisdiction it settles disputes in the field of industrial property protection, i.e. it decides on appeals against rulings of the German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht) or on appeals in patent revocation proceedings.
European Patent Office
The European Patent (EPO) was opened in 1977 and is headquartered in Munich. It is responsible for examining and issuing European patents.
Unified Patent Court
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is currently being established and will be headquartered in Paris. It is comprised of a trial court and a court of appeals, which will be based in Luxembourg.
European Union Intellectual Property Office
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, formerly OHIM) was founded in 1975 and is located in Alicante. It manages EU Trade-marks and EU Designs.
World Intellectual Property Organisation
Die World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Geneva. WIPO has been a sub-organization within the United Nations (UN) since 1974. It manages PCT-applications and settles disputes via mediation or arbitration.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Los Angeles. It manages the provision of unique web addresses and domain names on the internet.
Intellectual Property Rights
EU Trade mark
The European Union Trademark (EUTM) provides trademark protection throughout the entire internal market of the European Union (EU).
The Community Design (Gemeinschaftsge-schmacksmuster, GGM) provides design protection throughout the internal market of the European Union (EU).
Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy
The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is a proceeding for the mediation of domain disputes developed by ICANN.
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