Application numbers of IP rights (patents, trademarks, design patents) at GPTO in 2011 stable

In 2011, the application numbers of patents, trademarks, design patents, and utility models were overall stable, but differed for the single IP rights, as briefly outlined below:

– patent applications in 2011  nearly stable compared to 2010,

– trademark applications in 2011 decreased by about 7% compared to 2010,

– applications for design patents in 2011 increased by about 7% compared to 2010,

– applications for utility models decreased in 2011 by about 9% compared to 2010.


Fees for search and examination of the European Patent Office valid from April 1, 2012

The European Patent Office (EPO) has increased its fees for search and examination, which are valid from April 1, 2012. The official information from the EPO on the new fees can be found under the following links: and