German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Accepted means of filing

Online: DPMAdirekt, or as a WASP file created by PCT-SAFE or EPO-OLF client software.

On physical media: as a WASP file created by PCT-SAFE or EPO-OLF (on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW or DVD-RW)


Accepted digital certificates

Valid certificates issued by one of the following Certification Authorities (CA):

  • WIPO Customer CA
  • CA for EPO

The DPMAdirekt online filing system can only be used with certificates that comply with the German law (Signaturgesetz).


Accepted formats

This Office accepts the filing of the application body (description, claims and abstract) in character-coded (e.g. XML) and image format (e.g. PDF). It does not accept the inclusion of application documents in pre-conversion format.

Sequence listing should preferably be filed, as a separate part of the description, in WIPO's ST.25 text format (no additional fees).



Help desk available between 9 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday excluding official holidays; it may be contacted:

  • by telephone at +49 89 2195 2500
  • by fax at +49 89 2195 2221
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