Annual figures of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) for 2016

Patents In the past year, 35,673 patent examination procedures were concluded at the DPMA, 6.5% more than in the year before. This corresponds to more than 140 concluded procedures on average per working day. For patent grants the increase was 5.8%: in 2016, 15,652 patent grants were published, the highest number in the past nine years. This corresponds to a grant rate of 43.9% in relation to the total number of examination procedures concluded in 2016. In 2016, a total