The DSMZ as an IDA
The DSMZ has served as a depositary of microorganisms for patent purposes since 1974. After recognition through WIPO on 01.10.1981 and the transfer to the DSMZ of the depositary authority IMET, Jena (after the reunion of East and West Germany) the DSMZ is the only International Depositary Authority under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure in Germany and one of the IDAs with the highest numbers of patent deposits in Europe and the world. To meet patent law requirements, all patent deposits at the DSMZ are processed (with regard to the needs of the applicant) as internationally recognised deposits under the Budapest Treaty.
Since 1981, the range of kinds of biological material accepted continuously has been extended to and now comprises archaea, bacteria, fungi, yeasts, plasmid DNAs, bacteriophages, plant viruses, plant cell cultures, human and animal cell cultures.
Statements of receipt and of viability are issued according to the Budapest Treaty after viability and purity of the biological material have been confirmed.