What are some patent classes

Step 2: Training at the DPMA

The so-called year of office in Munich begins with the training at the DPMA.

requirements

In order to be able to participate in the year of office, you must first submit a corresponding application for training to the patent office and patent court, which must be addressed to the President of the German Patent and Trademark Office. This application must be submitted to the patent attorney (see above) at least three months before the end of your training. The distance learning course “Law for Patent Attorneys” should be completed at the beginning of the year of office. The application must include the patent classes to which your previous activity has extended. On the basis of this information, you will then be assigned to an appropriate examiner. It is therefore advisable to look through the files that you have worked on in your law firm beforehand in order to make a note of the corresponding patent classes. Some former patent attorney applicants have given less the classes you were in and more the classes you would be interested in. Of course, we at the Candidates' Meeting cannot approve of this, that would be dishonest ... Ultimately, the training period at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office is too short to deal with the issue in more detail. If you want to continue to work for a law firm during the year of office in order not to be without income in the year of office, you must also obtain approval for a secondary activity with the above application, which is granted by the President of the German Patent and Trademark Office.

Beginning

The German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court are currently only offering the following starting dates for the year of office: February 1, June 1 and October 1.

Duration

The training at the German Patent and Trademark Office takes 2 months.

content

At the German Patent and Trademark Office, you will be entrusted with tasks that are normally carried out by examiners, namely patent and trademark examiners. How great the effort is essentially depends on the examiner to whom you are assigned. According to former patent attorney applicants, the range ranged from "You don't necessarily have to do something here, you better take a look at Munich." to “You should have already written five notices!”. Whether you do the work on site or from home also depends on the examiner and your negotiating skills. In addition to this activity, you can already take part in various oral negotiations (e.g. utility model deletion proceedings). Working groups are already held at the German Patent and Trademark Office, which take the form of courses in which the patent attorney applicant has to take part. Within the working groups, exams are written that are assessed, but not included in your final grade from the written or oral exam. In some working groups, according to former patent attorney applicants, grades were also awarded for oral participation, which in view of the size of the groups and the short time at the DPMA must be described as bizarre. Greetings from school ...

Important norms

§ 7 Paragraph 1 No. 2 APrO (training course)
§ 7 Abs. 2 APrO (training course)
§ 20 APrO (application for training at the patent office and patent court)
§ 21c APrO (secondary employment)
§ 22 APrO (training at the patent office)
§ 24 APrO (working groups)