DPMA Germany

Office Details
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Contact details

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt, Zweibrückenstraße 12, 80331 Munich, DE

+49 89 2195-1000

+49 89 2195-2221




Implemented in 2013 or earlier

Common Gateway for Applications

An easy and efficient way to access the European Trade Mark and Design Network.

Common User Satisfaction Survey

Harmonised survey system for IP Offices


Trade mark search tool

CP1. Harmonisation on Trade Marks Classification Practice of G&S

Creating a common classification database and practice (project closed)


Trade mark classification tool

CP2. Convergence of Class Headings

Reach a common interpretation on the Nice Class Headings (project closed)

Implemented in 2014

CP4 – Scope of Protection of Black and White (B&W) Marks

Trade marks exclusively in black, white and/or shades of grey (project closed)

Implemented in 2015

CP3. Absolute Grounds - Figurative Marks

Harmonize the different interpretations

Implemented in 2017


Registered designs search tool


Generating trade mark and design filing forecasts for IP Offices

CP5. Relative Grounds – Likelihood of Confusion (Impact of non-distinctive/weak components)

The objective of this project is to harmonize the different interpretations on how to deal with non-distinctive/weak components of trade marks in the context of the examination of relative grounds for refusal (likelihood of confusion) (project closed)