The German PTO announced amendments to the trademark regulation that became effective June 24, 2016. The changes include:
Colored trademarks and black & white trademarks need to be submitted in the way they were intended to be registered. It is no longer possible to request a black & white trademark registration when a colored version has been submitted.
Colored trademarks are now recognized as its own trademark type and covered by its own paragraph.
For trademarks including non-Latin characters, a translation, transliteration and transcription needs to be submitted with the trademark representation.