Since 22 February 2010 the DPMA website also allows you to perform searches on designs in DPMAregister, in addition to searching trade marks and indications of geographical origin. As some of the IPKat's readers may have noticed, the very modern search search platform on the DPMA's website is not always intuitive but gives you many options (Quick Search, Beginners' Search, truncations, you name it, the DPMA seems to offer it). Thankfully, the DPMA has also published useful guides on how to perform searches for trade marks and designs. These guides can be retrieved by clicking on the following links: trade mark search and design search. Please note that the new DPMAregister search is being implemented in stages and patents, utility models, topographies will follow in the second half of this year.
For ease of reference:
- Trade Mark searches can be conducted via the new system (see to the right) and this screen.
- Designs can be found via the new system and this screen.
- Patents and Utility Models can still be found via the old system here (see screenshot in the top left corner of this post).
"If you are unsure how to formulate your search request in the Beginner's or Expert mode or how to design your search strategy, you can use two different support options, provided by the DPMA in cooperation with the patent information centres (PIZ): the assisted search and the interactive remote support service "Info-Lotse"."