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

The creator of the industrial design must be a natural person.

Priority documents

Not applicable.

Representation before the Office

Holders of an international registration having neither residence, principal place of business or an establishment in Germany can only take part in IP proceedings before the Office if they are represented by a lawyer or a patent (trade mark) attorney authorised to practice in Germany (Sec. 58(1) Design Act). The Office does not maintain a list of trade mark 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 26, 2017