Today at Midnight the Last Patent of Former German Democratic Republic (GDR) Expires

The history of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) ended twenty years ago on October 03, 1990 with the entering into force of the "Einigungsvertrag" (Unification Treaty) between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic, according to which the GDR declared its accession to the FRG. The treatment of the GDR's intellectual property rights has been coded in the Unification Treaty of 31 August 1990 and laid down in the "Erstreckungsgestetz" (Act on the Extension of IP Rights) of 23rd April 1992. On the day before, 42 patent applications were filed with the Patent Office of the GDR, the "Amt für Erfindungs- und Patentwesen der DDR", in East Berlin. From those of the 42 applications that were granted only two are stillin force, namely, based on a french priority, DD 299 263 ("laser marking of cheese products") of french inventor Rocco Pilierot and DD 298 536 ("apparatus for VI modification for a screw compressor with combined VI and partial load adjustment") of GDR engineers Dieter Mosemann, Otto Knodel, Peter Kolberg, Ottmar Neuwirth, and Horst Meier, who at that time were with the "VEB Kühlautomat Berlin", a comparably successful people-owned enterprise of the GDR that produced cooling equipment ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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