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Business brief 2014: Germany

01-06-2014

A patent can be obtained via a German, a European or an international (Patent Cooperation Treaty) patent application.

Patents

How do you register or secure patent rights, and is national or international coverage most appropriate?

A patent can be obtained via a German, a European or an international (Patent Cooperation Treaty) patent application. In any of these cases, the application will undergo substantive examination before grant. The maximum patent duration is 20 years from filing, subject to an annual maintenance fee payment. Utility models, which undergo formality examinations only, provide shorter-term protection of up to ten years.


patents; trademarks; counterfeiting

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