Our subject: to protect Intellectual Property

It´s a long and onerous way from the first idea to a finished product. Considerable financial resources have to be invested into the development of a product and its establishment in the market. Intensive research is necessary until a product is ready for the market.

The products developed by companies have to be established in the market and their success is not guaranteed. Cycles of innovation shorten and products get copied after a short period of time. Consequently, it is important to give inventing companies the possibility to balance these risks
by means of effective and protective statutory instruments (e.g. trademarks, patents).

Intellectual property rights guarantee that companies can continue to invest in research and development. They give consumers clearness and orientation. 

Overwiev of the IP-rights (PDF) »

German Patent and Trademark Office »

Federal Minister of Education and Research

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka

"The spirit of research and innovative strength are the German economy's two most important resources. They are the reason for our prosperity today and the guarantor of its future. Product and brand piracy undermine the achievements of our researchers. People today often still underestimate the dangers involved. It is in the interest of all of us to shed light on the effects and dangers of fake products. This is why I support the activities of the APM (German Anti-Counterfeiting Association)."