We require the following documents and information for filing:
Examination has to be requested within 7 years of the filing date.
The German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) distinguishes between three cases for the time up until the first / next office action:
In case you want / your client wants to receive an opinion on the patentability of the German patent application, we recommend to request search or examination when filing the application. In case we do not claim any priority for the patent application the GPTO will try to draw up a search report or a first office action within 8 to 9 months from the filing date.
A separate regulation on accelerated search does not exist.
The examination can be accelerated by a reasoned requested. No office fees are payable for accelerated examination.
This page should not be construed as legal advice.
No responsibility is accepted for the correctness of the official fees. The attorney's fees indicated on this page are minimum charges of the law firm Dr.-Ing. Hellmich which may be raised in urgent or difficult cases.
This page does not constitute an offer but rather "invitatio ad offerendum" (invitation to make an offer).