For more than 50 years the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has been the supervisory authority for collecting societies (now referred to as "collective management organisations"/"CMOs") in Germany. Starting on 1 June 2016, the DPMA will base this activity on the new Act on the Management of Copyright and Related Rights by Collective Management Organisations (Gesetz über die Wahrnehmung von Urheberrechten und verwandten Schutzrechten durch Verwertungsgesellschaften). The act has been promulgated on 31 May 2016 in the Federal Law Gazette I.
In view of the earthquakes in the south-west region of Japan and their impact, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office draws attention to the following: The German Patent and Trade Mark Office will take the current situation in Japan into account in managing IP procedures, within the scope of legal options.
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