Patents in Germany

Germany’s strategic commitment to innovation and technology is mirrored in its robust patent filing activity, highlighting the country’s central role in global technological advancements. In 2022, with 57,214 patent applications filed, Germany underscored its dedication to innovation. Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria led in per capita patent applications, with significant contributions across diverse technological fields. The automotive sector, alongside emerging digital technologies, marked key areas of development. Furthermore, Germany’s GDP per capita in 2022 stood at approximately $48,432, a figure that signifies the economic prosperity and the high standard of living in the country, providing a solid foundation for continued investment in research and development (source: This economic backdrop, combined with a strong patenting culture, positions Germany as an attractive destination for inventors and companies looking to protect and commercialize their innovations in a leading global economy.

Why choose us

  • Quality service: is characterized by providing services with the highest quality standards. Our services are carried out by attorneys and engineers specialized in intellectual property in order to ensure quality and that all the legal requirements are covered.
  • Experience: We have more than 20 years of experience providing large companies, law firms and inventors, international design and patent application services in almost every country.
  • Personalized communications: All communications between our clients and are managed by dedicated account executives and saved on our confidential and secure  platform.
  • Competitive prices and no hidden fees: We offer competitive prices and inform of any possible additional cost timely and in advance.

How to apply


Prepare the patent specifications. We can assist you with this also.


Request a quotation for the patent filing.


Payment of the patent filing service.


Assigned attorney review and prepare the forms.


Patent application filed and reported to you.

General information

Invention patent

Design patent

Filling timelines

The time limit for the PCT national phase entry in Germany is 31 months from the earliest date of priority and 12 months for Direct Paris Route application. This term cannot be restored.

The time limit for filing a design is 6 months from the earliest date of priority and there is a grace period of 12 months from the first public disclosure.

Required documents

Signed POA, inventor declaration, assignment and certified copy of priority, if applicable.

Signed POA, inventor declaration, assignment and certified copy of priority, if applicable. A drawing set of the different views of the design.

Examination stage

The examination fees must be paid within 7 years from the international filing date for PCT national phase applications, and within 7 years from the filing date for direct Paris Route applications.

The patent office will review if the design application meets all formalities and registrability. No examination fees must be paid. If the application is accepted to registration, the design will be published in the Community Designs Bulletin and a certificate of registration will be issued. Normally the granted patent is issued within 3 months from the filing date.


No granting fees must be paid, however it is common for German attorneys to charge a granting reporting fee. Once granted, the patent will be valid for 20 years from the filing date for Paris Route applications and from the international filing date for National phases.

No granting fee must be paid, once the design has been accepted will be valid for 5 years as of the filing date. This term may be renewed four times up to a maximum of 25 years.

Our services


International patent filing (any country)

We have more than 20 years of experience filing and handling patent applications in almost every country. With us you will find a centralized and cost-effective filing of your international applications, allowing you to focus on the invention and the business side of your project.


Portfolio management

We are an excellent solution for law firms and experience IP attorneys that need assistance with an experienced company for management and prosecution of large portfolios, with a portfolio of more than 2200 patents, we will provide an easy and fast reporting, files and documents up to date and timely next tasks notifications.


Analytic services

In Patentarea we also have plenty of experience providing analityc services like Patentability searchs, freedom to operate analysis, and patent valuation reports.


Patent drafting

If you need assistance with a quick and cost-effective patent draft for your clients, or if you are protecting your invention for the first time, we will gladly assist you with this also.


Other Patent Services

We can also assist with any other service like assignments, renewal, licensing agreements and more. Just contact us.


How long can it take a German patent to be issued?

A standard patent application process in Germany can take between 2 and 3 years from the filing date. However, a PPH requested can be filed to potentially allow the applicant to reduce the examination time in more than a half. Contact us for additional information.

Can a patent application in Germany be restored after abandonment?

In many instances, it’s feasible to restore the former state of affairs. Any omitted actions and/or payments can subsequently be rectified, rejuvenating the intellectual property right. Upon realizing a mistake, it’s crucial to act promptly and gather information on how the inadvertent expiration happened.


We have a team of patent attorneys and engineers, with years of experience making patent searches, filing patent applications and following up on the patent process in more than 30 countries, which allows us to assure you:
-Competent professionals will perform all the necessary procedures for filing and following up your patent application.
-You will receive timely information regarding updates for the application process.
-If objections or rejections arise in the patent application process, knowledgeable attorneys will advise you on the appropriate course of action.
-All information provided to us will be kept in absolute confidentiality. Before entering any business relationship we electronically sign a confidentiality agreement with you that protects your interests (View our confidentiality agreement).

Who will be in charge of my application?

In countries where services are offered, relies on teams of recognized and experienced patent attorneys, allowing us to assure a high-quality service.
To learn about the attorney directly in charge of your request select the link “Attorney in charge” located on the toolbar or in the “About Us” section.


Patent in Germany

Patent Services in Germany

We offer an extensive variety of services oriented to the analysis and protection of the inventions of our clients. If you need guidance for your patent filing or your National Phases in Germany do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Patent drafts

    We can prepare your patent draft in the regarding language.

  • Local Filing

    File your local application in Germany.

  • National Phases

    Have your different patent applications centralized.

Design Services in Germany

If your company or you as a sole inventor are launching a new product in Germany, it is always recommendable to apply for an industrial design protection.  Consider that a design patent granted will protect the aesthetic aspects of your new product preventing unauthorized copying or imitation by others, also will add value to your product and company.

  • Design drawings

    We offer professional drawings services in order to allow the applicant a proper filing.

  • Design Search

    We offer international design search and analysis services.

  • Design Applications

    We will file the design in almost any country you need.

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