Central Industrial Property Office

Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt

Tel. +49 89 2195-1000
Fax +49 89 2195-2221

Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Dienststelle Jena
07738 JENA

Tel. +49 89 2195-1000
Fax +49 3641 40-5690

Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Informations- und Dienstleistungszentrum Berlin
10958 BERLIN

Tel. +49 89 2195-1000
Fax +49 30 25 992-404



Contracting state



Applicant can choose between EPO and national authorities (subject to section 2)



Art. II § 4(1) LIPC


Applications which must be filed with national authorities


Applications which may contain a state secret

Art. II § 4(2) LIPC


Languages in which European patent applications must or may be filed with national authorities


All the languages pursuant to Art. 14(2) EPC


Official language(s)




Special features


Applications as in section 1 may be filed at the EPO, with the DPMA and its patent information centres in the following towns: Aachen, Bremen, Chemnitz, Dresden, Hamburg, Ilmenau, Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart.

BGBl. 1999 I 648, 2193
BGBl. 2000 I 1416
BGBl. 2001 I 341
BGBl. 2004 I 2599
BGBl. 2009 I 815
BGBl. 2016 I 1137
BGBl. 2017 I 3807

Bl.f.PMZ 1999, 169, 325
Bl.f.PMZ 2000, 353
Bl.f.PMZ 2001, 114
Bl.f.PMZ 2004, 478
Bl.f.PMZ 2009, 201
Bl.f.PMZ 2016, 217
Bl.f.PMZ 2018, 1

In the case of applications as in section 2, the applicant must indicate in an annex that the application may, in the view of the applicant, contain a state secret.

Applications may also be filed by facsimile.*

Applications may also be filed electronically using the DPMA's free software DPMAdirekt or the DE module (developed for German patent applications) of the EPO's epoline® software (see § 3(1), (4) OELDDPMA). Electronic filings can be submitted online or on electronic data carriers.

Documents filed electronically must bear a qualified electronic signature within the meaning of Article 3(12) of Regulation (EU) No. 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC (OJ L 257 of 28.8.2014, p. 73), or an advanced electronic signature within the meaning ofArticle 3(11) of that Regulation issued by an international organisation operating in the field of industrial property and processable by the DPMA (§ 3(3) OELDDPMA). More details about the conditions for processing electronic documents (especially the technical requirements, electronic data carriers accepted, data formats and electronic signatures) are given on the DPMA website: www.dpma.de (§§ 3(2) and 4 OELDDPMA).

* See decision of the President of the EPO: OJ EPO 2019, A18.

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