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Germany: intellectual property documentation

The following is a detailed list of the German (West German from 1945 until 1990) intellectual property documentation held within the British Library IP collection.

Material on this list may only be available in German. We cannot translate items for you.

Intellectual Property stock locations

IP Open Access: Always available in the Business & IP Centre

IP Reserve South: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in typically 1-3 hours

IP Reserve North: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in 48+ hours. If a nine-digit number is shown under "location", these can be ordered for use in the Centre by registered readers through Explore the British Library. Please type the number into the Explore search box to rapidly retrieve the record.

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Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt

Patent specifications

1957 - TO DATE
 (From 1957 a new number series began at 1000001, with the initial publication as an examined application (Auslegeschrift) and then as a granted Patentschrift. Publication of unexamined applications (Offenlegungschrift) was introduced in 1968. The Auslegeschrift was abolished in 1981. From the start some fast-tracking has taken place and not all applications are published at all stages prior to grant. Permanent numbers are assigned at the initial filing stage, so some patent numbers are never published in any form due to abandonment.)
Offenlegungschriften (Unexamined applications A)4.7.1991 - 31.5.2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 1400001 - 31.3.2003PaperIP Reserve North
Auslegeschriften (Examined Applications B)1000001 - 3038914 (type abolished)PaperIP Reserve North
Patentschriften (Granted Specifications C)4.7.1991 - 31.5.2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 1000001 - 31.3.2002PaperIP Reserve North
Patentschriften (Specifications)1 - 980132PaperIP Reserve North (015268668)
 1 - 977889MicroformIP Reserve North
Pre-war Patents collected by subject class (orange)90,000-800000PaperIP Reserve North (015268662)
Post-war Applications collected by subject class (tan)Class 1 A12-89K2PaperIP Reserve North (015268659)
Post-war Patents collected by subject class (green)800001-98100PaperIP Reserve North (015268660)
Applications 1939 - 1945 IG Farben photo and artificial silk patent sectionMicrofilmIP Reserve North
Applications found in the German Patent Office at the end of WWIIMicrofilmIP Reserve North
Patentschriften English translations421858 - 739270 (selected)PaperIP Open Access

Patent databases

Patent and Utility Model Register (status)not statedOnline
DEPATISNET1877 - to dateOnline
DEPATISNET is the German Patent Office’s international database, an alternative to Esp@cenet. It contains all German patent documents, and utility model documents since 1934, although some older material can be retrieved only by number. It is the only major free source of German utility model documents. A special web page is available for the download of complete electronic copies of very lengthy German patent documents (generally those which contain genetic sequences or computer program code) published since 2001.

Indexes and Abstracts

Auszüge aus den Offenlegungschriften (classified abstracts - unexamined apps)1968 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Auszüge aus den Patentschriften (classified abstracts - granted patents)1985 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Auszüge aus den Auslegeschriften/Patentschriften (classified abstracts - granted patents/examined apps)1981 - 1985PaperIP Reserve North
Auszüge aus den Auslegeschriften (classified abstracts - examined apps)1973 - 1980PaperIP Reserve North
Auszüge aus den Patenanmeldungen (classified abstracts - initially granted patents, then examined applications from 1957)1955 - 1973PaperIP Reserve North
Patentblatt Auszüge aus den Patentschriften (classified abstracts)1877 - 1945PaperIP Reserve South
Illustrirtes Patent-blatt (abstracts in numerical order)1878 - 1881PaperIP Reserve South
Auszüge Deutscher Patent-Ammeldungen (Classified abridgements of applications pending in 1945)PaperIP Open Access
MSB Abstracts of German Patent Applications (abstracts of applications pending in 1945)PaperIP Reserve South
Patentschau Textiltechnologie (abridgements of textile patents)1977MicroformIP Reserve North
 1976 - 1982PaperIP Reserve South
Patentschau Polymere und Chemisfaserstoffe (abridgements of artificial fibre patents)1976 - 1984PaperIP Reserve South
Patentschau Faserstoffe und Textiltechnik (abridgements of textile and artificial fibre patents)1959 - 1975PaperIP Reserve South
Faserstoff Patentschau (brief lists of fibre patents)1951 - 1954PaperIP Reserve South
Classified Patents List (manuscript)1943 - 1945PaperIP Reserve South
Fortschritte in der Anorganisch-Chemischen (classified abridgements of inorganic chemistry patents)1877 - 1927PaperIP Reserve South
Fortschritte der Teerfarbenfabrikatien (classified abridgements of textile patents)1887 - 1942PaperIP Reserve South
Deutscher Reichspatente aus den Gebiet der Organischen Chemie (classified abridgements of organic chemistry patents)1939 - 1945, 1950 - 1951PaperIP Reserve South
Nickel-legierungen Patentsammlung (lists of German and European patents for alloys by metal composition)(c) 1900 - 1943PaperIP Reserve South
Namenverseichnis (name index)1950 -2000 (large gap 1954 - 67)PaperIP Open Access
Jahresverseichnis (Classified and Chronological Patent Lists)1957 - 1989PaperIP Open Access
 1994, 1997PaperIP Reserve South
Jahresverseichnis der Auslegeschriften1990 - 1993, 1995PaperIP Reserve South
Verseichnis (combined indexes)1887 - 1942PaperIP Open Access
(Includes name indexes, classified lists, subject index (to 1919), list of patents in force. During the period 1930 - 7 the various indexes for each year are separately bound.)
Nummernlisten der Deutschen Patentschriften (cumulated class allotment list)1 - 567340 (1934)PaperIP Reserve South
Gruppenlisten der Deutschen Patentschriften (cumulated classified list)1 - 567340 (1934)PaperIP Reserve South
Derwent German Patent Abstracts:
Auslegeschriften1140521 - 1975PaperIP Reserve North
Examined (A-M)1968 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Examined (P-X)1977 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Unexamined (A-M)1976 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Unexamined (P-Q)1968 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Unexamined (S-X)1968 - to datePaperIP Reserve North

Official Journals

Patentblatt1950 - to dateOnline
 2012 - to dateCD/DVDIP Open Access
 2004 - 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 1877 - 1945, 1950 - 2003 (with name index 1895 - 1943)PaperIP Reserve South

Legal Decisions

Entscheidungen des Bundespatentgerichts (Legal Decisions arranged by Subject)1961 - to datePaperIP Open Access
Blatt für Patent-, Muster- und Zeichenwesen (administrative announcements and legal decisions)1894 - to datePaperIP Reserve South
Generalregister zum Blatt (cumulative index to above)1928 - 1956PaperIP Reserve South

Miscellaneous patent publications

Jahresbericht (annual report)2005 - to dateOnline
 1998 - 2011PaperIP Open Access
 1983 - 1994PaperIP Reserve South
Annual Report in English and German1986 - 1997PaperIP Reserve South
Die Erfindung (patent journal by classification)1926PaperIP Reserve South
Gruppenzusammenstellungen der patentschriften und auslegestchriftenPaperIP Reserve South
Index to IPC 4th Ed in GermanPaperIP Open Access
German Classification to IPC1 ConcordancePaperIP Open Access
Manual of Classification in English1958PaperIP Open Access
Index to Classification in English1966PaperIP Open Access
IPC in German 4th Ed. PaperIP Reserve South
IPC in German 2nd Ed. PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification Superseded Sheets1961PaperIP Reserve South
IPC - DPK Concordance1971PaperIP Reserve South
Stichwort Verzeichnis1951PaperIP Reserve South
Gruppenteilung der Patentklassen1949PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification Supplements1934 - 1942PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification Subject Index1927, 1933PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification Chemical Technology Subject Index1930PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification1910, 1921, 1926, 1933, 1958PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification in English1910PaperIP Reserve South
Index to Patents Classification1914PaperIP Reserve South
Deutsche Patentklassen Verzeichnis1910PaperIP Reserve South
German Patent Office Classification1910PaperIP Reserve South
Verzeichnis der Deutschen Patentklassen Alphabetisches Stichwortverzeichnis1923PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classification and Subject Index1896, 1900, 1904PaperIP Reserve South
Verzeichnis der Deutschen Patentklassen Stichwortverzeichnis1907PaperIP Reserve South

Utility Models (Gebrauchsmuster)

Specifications4.7.1991 - 31.5.2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 1937 - 1992 (very few)PaperIP Open Access
Auszüge aus den Gebrauchsmuster (classified abstracts)1964 - 2004PaperIP Reserve North
Anmeldestelle fuer Gerbrauchsmuster (official journal - absorbed into Patentblatt from 1895)1891 - 1894PaperIP Reserve South
(Annual name indexes to utility models in Patentblatt 1895 - 1943)

Trade Marks (Warenzeichen / Marken)

Trade Mark RegisterCurrentOnline
Markenblatt (new law TM journal)2004 - to dateOnline
 1995 - 2004PaperIP Reserve South
Markenblatt Jahresverzeichnis/Register Quartal (name index)1995 - 2001PaperIP Reserve South
Warenzeichenblatt (post-war old law)
Teil I (applications)1950 - 1994PaperIP Reserve South
Teil II (registrations, annual name index)1950 - 1994PaperIP Reserve South
Teil III (pre-war marks still in force)1952 - 1956PaperIP Reserve South
Gesamtinhalts verzeichnis Teil III (Cumulative index to whole of Teil III)1952 - 1956PaperIP Reserve South
Warenzeichenblatt (trade mark journal, name indexes separate to 1898, bound in later)1894 - 1944PaperIP Reserve South
Warenzeichenblatt-Zeichenregister (number index to Warenzeicheblatt)1894 - 1902PaperIP Reserve South
Nachweisung der Warenzeichung (trade mark journal)1875 - 1893PaperIP Reserve South
Deutscher Markenschutz (trade mark journal)1875PaperIP Reserve South
CompuMark Marken-Compendium (trade marks in force, includes former DDR trade marks)1990 - 2001PaperIP Reserve South
CompuMark Rechtsstands-Lexicon (former title of above)1983 - 1989PaperIP Reserve South
Alphabetisches Warenzeichenregister (trade marks in force)1950 - 1966PaperIP Reserve South
Nichteintragungsfahige Wortzeichen (alphabetical index of rejected marks)1925 - 1983PaperIP Reserve South
Alphabetisches Freizeichen-Register (list of unregistrable marks in commercial use)1962PaperIP Reserve South
Eingetragebe Warenzeichen Bier (list of beer trade marks in force, arranged by order of proprietor)1961PaperIP Reserve South
Warenzeichen-Loschungen (lapsed marks)1950 - 1959PaperIP Reserve South
Verzeichnis der Eingetragenen Wortzeichen und Inschriften (manuscript index of trade marks by mark)1894 - 1916PaperIP Reserve South

Registered Designs (Geschmacksmuster)

Design Registermid-1980s - to dateOnline
Geschmacksmusterblatt (official journal)2003 - to dateOnline
 1988 - 2003PaperIP Reserve South

Free City of Danzig Intellectual Property

Danzig Staatsanzeiger Offentlicheranzeiger1922 - 1939PaperIP Reserve South

Pre-1877 German State Patent Registers

Bavaria Übersicht der Gewerbs-Priviligien1825 - 1877PaperIP Reserve South
Verseichnis der Patente Baden1845 - 1877PaperIP Reserve South
Verseichnis der Patente Hanover1825 - 1866PaperIP Reserve South
Verseichnis der Patente Prussia1853 - 1879PaperIP Reserve South
Verseichnis der Patente Saxony1853 - 1877PaperIP Reserve South
Verseichnis der Patente Minor States1853 - 1854PaperIP Reserve South
(From 1854 to 1883, brief English-language announcements of German state patents were published in the (UK) Commissioners' of Patents Journal)