Finally, apart from the above mentioned national laws, great efforts have been made to bring Germany's intellectual property law system in harmony with international laws and conventions. For example, Germany is party to the European Patent Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty of 1970 (which facilitates international patent applications). The European Patent Office is located in Munich. In the areas of trademark and copyright, Germany adheres to the Paris Convention, Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention of 1952 and many others. Leave aside that the German intellectual property system has been harmonised to the greatest extent with the applicable European standards.

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