Unlike in the European Union, there are various countries, such as the United States, that have a grace period for patents, i.e., a period during which an inventor can make the invention public without this disclosure getting in the way of a subsequent filing of a patent application. In the United States, the grace period…Further reading
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Chile and Cap Verde join the Madrid System
An international trademark registration via the Madrid System is a simple and inexpensive way to achieve trademark protection for many countries with one central application. The underlying Protocol to the Madrid Agreement now has 112 participating countries. Since regional organizations such as the European Union are also members, up to 128 countries can be reached…Further reading
Request for examination or search request?
When a German patent application is filed with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), a request for examination is usually filed immediately in order to initiate the examination procedure. As a rule, the applicant then receives the first office communication approximately eight to nine months after the filing date. This procedure is particularly useful…Further reading