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Legal Texts Relevant to Industrial Designs

Germany

Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
October 19, 2013Act on Amendments of Patent Law and Other Industrial Property Laws
October 10, 2013Act on Modernization of the Industrial Design Act and Amendments to the Rules on the Notices concerning the Protection of Exhibition
July 31, 2009Act of July 31, 2009, on Simplification and Modernization of Patent Act
March 12, 2003Law on the Protection of Designs (as amended up to Law of October 19, 2013)
July 23, 2002Law to Amend the Right of Representation by Attorneys-at-Law before the Higher Regional Courts
December 13, 2001Law on Patent Fees of the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court (Patent Fees Act, as amended up to Law of October 19, 2013)
July 16, 1998Second Law to Amend the Patent Law and other Laws
April 23, 1992Law on the Extension of Industrial Property Rights (Extension Law)

IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
July 3, 2004Act Against Unfair Competition (version published on March 3, 2010)
July 19, 2002Law on Further Reform of Stock Corporation Law and Accounting Law and on Transparency and Disclosure (Transparency and Disclosure Law)
December 22, 1997Law to Reform Arbitration Proceedings (Arbitration Proceedings Reform Law) (Excerpt)

Implementing Rules/Regulations

Date of TextTitle
January 2, 2014Regulation on the Implementation of the Industrial Design Law (as amended up to Order of January 2, 2014)
January 2, 2014Regulation of January 2, 2014 for Further Modernization of the Design Act and Introduction of the Invalidity Procedure in Design Matters
November 1, 2013Regulation on Electronic Legal Transactions with the German Patent and Trademark Office (Regulation of November 1, 2013, as amended by Regulation of January 2, 2014)
November 1, 2013Regulation on Electronic Legal Transactions with the German Patent and Trademark Office and on Amendments to Other Regulations for the German Patent and Trademark Office
April 9, 2009Notice in respect of The Patent Centres Authorised to Receive Applications for Patents, Utility Models, Trade Marks And Designs (published on April 9, 2009 by the the Federal Ministry of Justice in the Federal Law Gazette, Part I, p. 815)
December 13, 2001Law to Revise the Rules on Costs in the Field of Intellectual Property
February 22, 2001Notice of Patent Information Centers Authorized to Accept Patent and Utility Model Applications (published on of February 22, 2001 by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the Federal Law Gazette, Part I, p. 341)
September 27, 2000Notice of Patent Information Centers Authorized to Accept Patent and Utility Model Applications (published on September 27, 2000 by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the Federal Law Gazette, Part I, p. 1416)
November 5, 1999Notice of Patent Information Centers Authorized to Accept Patent and Utility Model Applications (published on November 5, 1999 by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the Federal Law Gazette, Part I, p. 2193)
April 6, 1999Notice of Patent Information Centers Authorized to Accept Patent and Utility Model Applications (published on April 6, 1999 by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the Federal Law Gazette, Part I, p. 648)
October 15, 1991Order on the Administrative Costs of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
October 15, 1991Regulation Concerning the Payment of Fees to the German Patent Office and the Federal Patent Court (as amended October 31, 1998)

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