In addition to the patent, there is another technical property right, the utility model, which in the past was also referred to as a “small patent”. The utility model enables protection of technical inventions that are new, industrially applicable and based on an inventive step for a maximum protection period of 10 years. Methods are…Further reading
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DPMA issues fraud warning
In July, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) received increasing reports of forged payment requests. The payment requests were said to be associated with invoices relating to trademark matters. In an effort to deceive the recipient, the requests illegally bear the DPMA logo and contain a fake signature from an alleged DPMA official. Some…Further reading