Germany (DE)

Procedures Applying when this Contracting Party is Designated


The Office does not republish the international registration.

Examination Procedure

The Office carries out examination on substantive grounds, other than novelty, on issues such as the definition of a 'design', public order and morality, and the protection of State emblems.

Opposition Period


Time Limit for Responding to Refusal

Four months from the date of notification of refusal sent by the International Bureau (non-extendable).

Effect as Grant of Protection

The international registration has the effect as a grant of protection as from the international registration date.

Creator requirements
Priority documents
Representation before the Office

If the holder of the international registration has no domicile or seat in Germany, a German representative is required. Persons having a domicile or seat in the European Union (EU) may appoint a representative in their country who must be an attorney-at-law or a patent (trademark) attorney under their specific national law. The Office does not maintain a list of trademark attorneys, industrial property agents or other intellectual property representatives allowed to practice before the Office.

Fees payable on division of the international registration

Not applicable.

Last updated on: July 19, 2016