A German patent can be obtained by directly filing a national patent application with the German Patent and Trademark Office, or by filing a European patent application.
How do you register or secure patent rights?
A German patent can be obtained by directly filing a national patent application with the German Patent and Trademark Office, or by filing a European patent application. Since Germany is part of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), it is also possible to obtain patent protection by filing an International application. All three possibilities include a substantial examination of the patentability of the application with the German or the European Patent Office before a German patent may be granted.
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