Web links

Important patent and trademark offices

German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA)

European Patent Office (EPO)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

European Union Intellectual Property Office, (EUIPO)

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Patent search

Search at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DEPATISnet)

Search at the European Patent Office (Espacenet)

Search at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Search for PCT applications with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Trademark search

German Patent and Trademark Office (Search and inquiry for the legal status of competing trademarks)

European Union Intellectual Property Office (Search and inquiry for the legal status of competing trademarks)

WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization (Search and inquiry for the legal status of competing trademarks)

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Search and inquiry for the legal status of competing trademarks)

Domain search

DENIC (Search and inquiry for the legal status of .de domains)

InterNIC (Search and inquiry for the legal status of .com, .net, .org and other domain endings)

EURid (Search and inquiry for the legal status of .eu domains)

Employee Invention Law

Arbitration Board under the Law on Employees' Inventions at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (in German)