German Patent and Trademark Office, Munich/Jena: The DPMA is the central authority in the field of intellectual property law in Germany. The DPMA is responsible for the registration of utility models, trademarks and designs, as well as for public information on registered industrial property rights, inter alia for the granting of patents.  



The European Union Intellectual Property Office (until 23 March 2016: Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market - Trade Marks and Designs) or EUIPO is the trademark and designs registry for the internal market of the European Union. The EUIPO is based in Alicante, Spain. 



The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations. WIPO was created in 1967 "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world". WIPO currently has 189 member states and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. 186 of the UN Members as well as the Cook Islands, Holy See and Niue are Members of WIPO. 



The Federal Patent Court (German: Bundespatentgericht, abbreviation: BPatG) is a German federal court competent for particular legal matters, such as patent and trademark cases. It has its seat in Munich, Germany. It was established on July 1, 1961. 



The Federal Court of Justice (German: Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) in Karlsruhe is the highest court in the system of ordinary jurisdiction (ordentliche Gerichtsbarkeit) in Germany. It is the supreme court (court of last resort) in all matters of criminal and private law. A decision handed down by the BGH can be reversed only by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in rare cases when the Constitutional Court rules on constitutionality (compatibility with the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany).


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