How to benefit from patents, trade marks and other IP rights: Free consultations for SMEs, start-ups and founder teams

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As part of a nationwide campaign week, the Association of German Patent Information Centres provides companies with information on the use of IP rights.

Press release of 10 August 2023

Munich. As part of a nationwide campaign week, the Association of German Patent Information Centres (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Patentinformationszentren e.V. – PIZnet) provides free consultations on how to manage IP rights. From 18 to 24 September 2023, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and founder teams will learn how to commercially exploit patents, utility models, trade marks, designs and copyright. The consultations providing guidance and orientation (no legal advice) will take place at 16 locations of German patent information centres. The concept of the campaign week, developed by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) in cooperation with PIZnet, was met with great response during the campaign weeks organised in the past six years.

Individual advice for every company

The individual and unbiased consultations providing guidance and orientation show companies the potential of intellectual property (IP) in their respective business sector.

Interested in success stories? In the past years, a number of companies have obtained advice during the campaign week and, additionally, at the patent information centres. They share their experience on our externer Link LinkedIn channel

The exclusive and free services offered as part of the campaign week include:

  • a brief analysis of about two hours concerning all company-specific IP areas;
  • an initial assessment of the company’s IP situation and the resulting economic opportunities and risks;
  • the joint evaluation of how to best use IP at the company and, at the same time, the development of approaches to gaining strategic competitive advantages;
  • an auditor report including valuable information on the optimisation of the company’s IP situation.

It is necessary to make an appointment in advance by phone using the following contact details of the respective regional organiser. Please contact your regional patent information centre:

AACHEN // Patent- und Normenzentrum, Universitätsbibliothek RWTH Aachen University
Telefon 0241 8094480, E-Mail
BREMEN // Patentinformationszentrum Bremen, InnoWi GmbH
Telefon 0421 33117010, E-Mail
CHEMNITZ // Patentinformationszentrum, Technische Universität Chemnitz
Telefon 0371 53113160, E-Mail
DARMSTADT // Patent- und Markenzentrum Rhein-Main, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Telefon 06151 1676500, E-Mail
DORTMUND // Informationszentrum Technik und Patente, Universitätsbibliothek Dortmund
Telefon 0231 7554014, E-Mail
DRESDEN // Patentinformationszentrum, Technische Universität Dresden
Telefon 0351 46335540, E-Mail
HANNOVER // Patentinformationszentrum Niedersachsen, EZN Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH
Telefon 0511 8503080, E-Mail
ILMENAU // PATON - Landespatentzentrum Thüringen, TU Ilmenau
Telefon 03677 694505, E-Mail
KAISERSLAUTERN // Patent- und Informationszentrum Rheinland-Pfalz, RPTU Kaiserslautern - Landau
Telefon 0631 2053202, E-Mail
KIEL // Patent- und Markenzentrum, WTSH - Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH
Telefon 0431 66666831, E-Mail
MAGDEBURG // Patentinformationszentrum und Normen-Infopoint Magdeburg, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität
Telefon 0391-6752979, E-Mail
NÜRNBERG // Patentzentrum Bayern, Bayern Innovativ GmbH
Telefon 0911-20671939, E-Mail
ROSTOCK // Patent- und Normenzentrum, Universitätsbibliothek Rostock
Telefon 0381 4988671, E-Mail
SAARBRÜCKEN // Patent- und Markenzentrum Saar e.V. (saaris)
Telefon 0681 9520461, E-Mail
SCHWERIN // Patentinformationszentrum Schwerin, TBI Technologie-Beratungs-Institut GmbH
Telefon 0385 3993193, E-Mail
STUTTGART // Patent und Markenzentrum Baden-Württemberg
Telefon 0711 1232558, E-Mail

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Inventiveness and creativity need effective protection. The DPMA is the German centre of expertise for all intellectual property rights – patents, utility models, trade marks and registered designs. The largest national patent office in Europe and the fifth largest national patent office in the world, our office stands for the future of Germany as a country of inventors in a globalised economy. Its staff of just under 2,800 at three locations – Munich, Jena and Berlin – provide services for inventors and companies. They implement federal innovation strategies and develop the national, European and international protection systems.


Last updated: 10 August 2023