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Intellectual property protection in Germany - useful links

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The useful links for Germany are divided into the following categories:

Laws

German patent law - now including genetic and biotechnological aspects
http://www.patentgesetz.de

New author’s rights legislation including software rights and databases http://www.transpatent.com/gesetze/urhg.html

German trade mark law
http://bundesrecht.juris.de/markeng/index.html

utility models
http://www.gebrauchsmustergesetz.de/

other IP laws
http://www.transpatent.com

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Federal governmental institutions and resources

The German Patent and Trademark Office
http://www.dpma.de

Patent database for online research
http://depatisnet.dpma.de

A basic information for SMEs is on the issued patent document where the patent holder documents his “readiness for licencing”
http://www.dpma.de/suche/ralf.html

The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research
http://www.bmbf.de/

Public funding of innovations with online-service, telephone hotline for SMEs and information on EU funding
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
http://www.bmwi.de/

Patentserver of bmwi
http://www.patentserver.de

bmwi-information on funding via

Publications of the Ministry
http://www.bmwi.de/BMWi/Navigation/Service/publikationen.html

Innonet: support for innovative networks of SMEs, universities and other research institutions, see e.g.
http://www.vdivde-it.de/innonet
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de/de/1734.php

Online patent planning for SMEs
http://www.existenzgruender.de/patentplaner

EXIST III funding program of the Ministry and the European Social Fond for company founders from schools of higher education and research centres
http://www.exist.de

Business start-up portal
http://www.existenzgruender.de

Brochures for start-up entrepreneurs
http://www.existenzgruender.de/publikationen/broschueren/index.php

Studies for start-up entrepreneurs
http://www.existenzgruender.de/publikationen/studien/index.php

Annual congress on the topic of start-ups
http://www.gruenderkongress.de

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
http://www.bmu.de/

German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs: innovation competition “Science meets economy”
http://www.bmvbs.de/Service/A-bis-Z/Preise-und-Wettbewerbe-,2754.983428/Innovationswettbewerb-Wirtscha.htm

ifex - a Baden.Württemberg regional government initiative for start-up companies
http://www.ifex.de

KfW bank group - supports the German SME sector
http://www.Kfw.de

Igniting Ideas - The High-Tech Strategy for Germany
http://www.hightech-strategie.de/en/350.php

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Regional governmental institutions and resources

Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Traffic and Technology
http://www.stmwivt.bayern.de

Patent brochure from the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Traffic and Technology
http://www.stmwivt.bayern.de/pdf/technologie/Patentbroschuere.pdf

Development project of the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Traffic and Technology
http://www.stmwivt.bayern.de/pdf/technologie/BayTP_Entwicklungsvorhaben.pdf

Bavarian Ministry of Economy: brochure “Protecting ideas - using knowledge"
http://www.stmwivt.bayern.de/pdf/technologie/Patentbroschuere.pdf

Bavarian Ministry of Economy:>SME funding
http://www.stmwivt.bayern.de/technologie/technologief.html

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Non-governmental institutions

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft -  the largest  institution in Europe for applied research. Innovation and IP management is a research object itself at several Fraunhofer institutes
http://www.fraunhofer.de 

 
German patent lawyers chamber
http://www.patentanwalt.de

Chambers of industry and commerce
http://www.dihk.de/inhalt/ihk/index.html

ARGE PIZ e.V. - working group of 23 German patent information centres
http://www.piznet.de

Patent information centres in Germany
http://www.epo.org/patents/patent-information/patlib/directory/germany_de.html

Chambers of the skilled crafts sector
http://www.zdh.de

INSTI - supports efficient use of patent information, informs about intellectual property rights protection, helps with valuation of inventions
http://www.insti.de/

A list of 35 regional partners
http://www.insti.de/downloads/Netzwerkliste.pdf

TechnologieAllianz unites patent marketing agencies and technology transfer agencies in a single network – a nationwide association representing over 200 scientific institutes
http://www.technologieallianz.de

Kompetenznetze Deutschland - more than 100 outstanding innovation networks of Germany
http://www.kompetenznetze.de

Inventors network
http://www.dabei-ev.de

Association of inventors
http://www.deutscher-erfinder-verband.de/

Inventor Clubs
http://www.erfinderclubs.de

Network of and for licensing specialists
http://www.les-germany.org

Association of Intellectual Property Experts
http://www.vpp-patent.de

GRUR - German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
http://www.grur.de

Union of European IP practitioners.
http://www.union-eu.com

Commerzbank: programme for sale and leaseback of patents
http://www.commerzleasing.de
http://www.commerzleasing.de/seiten/mobilienleasing/unternehmensdarstellung_mobilien.htm

NIBB - network of innovative citizens
http://www.nibb.de  

"Sachen machen" initiative - supports strengthening of Germany as a land of technology
http://www.sachen-machen.org

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Patent attorneys

To find patent attorneys:
http://www.patentanwalt.de
and
http://www.patentanwalt-suche.de

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Research centres

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V. - undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise
http://www.fraunhofer.de/

Max Planck Society ("Research for the future")
www.mpg.de

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres - Germany's largest research institution
http://www.helmholtz.de

German Aerospace Center - a member of the Helmholtz community
http://www.dlr.de/

FZ Karlsruhe - Institute of Technologies - a member of the Helmholtz community
http://www.fzk.de

Offers of technology
http://www.fzk.de/technologieangebote

FZ Jülich - Research Center - a member of the Helmholtz community
http://www.fz-juelich.de

GSF - National Research Center for Environment and Health - a member of the Helmholtz community
http://www.gsf.de/index_en.php

Ascenion – marketing society of  life science research institute gsf GmbH
http://www.ascenion.de/

Centre for European Economic Research
http://www.zew.de

Brochure „Patents and trade marks as protection mechanisms for innovation"
ftp://ftp.zew.de/pub/zew-docs/tl02/SDI_11-03.pdf

Company foundation report
http://www.zew.de/de/publikationen/gruendungsreport.php3?mi=PUB&si=GP

Jugend forscht - results of the competition may be used by SMEs
http://www.jugend-forscht.de

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Education: educational programmes, conferences, seminars

A guide to Master of Laws programmes, including those specialising in Master of Law in Intellectual Property.
http://www.llm-guide.com

Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
http://www.miplc.de 

International Studies in Intellectual Property Law, Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Law
http://www.llm-ip.de

PATON (Patent centre Thüringen) offers seminars and downloadable material on the topic of IP
http://www.paton.tu-ilmenau.de

Provendis offers Patentführerschein (patent driving licence) courses
http://www.patentfuehrerschein.de/

Steinbeis-Hochschule Berlin with programmes on intellectual property management and SMEs
http://www.stw.de/shb

Center for Intellectual Property Law at the Law Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf
http://www.gewrs.de

Commercial education on intellectual property by Management Circle
http://www.managementcircle.de

Forum Institute for Management GmbH
http://www.forum-institut.com/

Heymanns-Verlag GmbH seminars
http://www.heymanns-fachseminare.de

Intellectual Property Investment Summit & Live Auction 2007
http://www.ipila2007.com

ELSA Köln e.V. / Intellectual Property
http://www.elsa.org/InterFocusProg.asp

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Publications and news sources

vdi - news for engineers
http://www.vdi-nachrichten.de

Current announcements from the world of science
http://www.idw-online.de/pages/de

Brochure „Guide to patent marketing" http://www.erfinderclubs.de/clubs/infomaterial/downloads/Broschuere7.pdf 

Brochure “Patente und andere gewerbliche Schutzrechte”
http://www.tbi-mv.de/download_pi/patentbroschuere.pdf

Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH download centre: among others: Check list for patent applicants
http://www.wtsh.de/wtsh/de/service/download-center/index.php 

Miniguide for patent management
http://www.piztip.de

Downloads and checklists from ipal GmbH - marketing agency for inventions and know-how
http://www.ipal.de/de/downloads-wissenswertes/downloads

Periodical: "Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht" (Industrial property protection and copyright)
http://rsw.beck.de/rsw/shop/default.asp?site=grur

“vdi-Nachrichten”  - a weekly newspaper dealing frequently with IP matters, innovations, financing, venture capital
http://www.vdi-nachrichten.com

Publications of the Institute for the  research on SMEs, Bonn
http://www.ifm-bonn.org/index.htm?/ergebnis/111nf.htm

The Forrester Wave™: National Innovation Networks, Q4 2006 report (paid)
http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,38180,00.html

Study OECD 2006 “Valuation and Exploitation of Intellectual Property”
http://www.oecd.org/sti/working-papers or
http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/62/52/37031481.pdf

FHG-TEG / InTraCom study „Nutzung von Schutzrechtsinformationen für die strategische Unternehmensplanung“ (Use of industrial property information for strategic business planning)
http://www.intracomgroup.de/indexIE.htm?patent.htm

tOSSad - towards Open Source Software adoption and dissemination, an EU-funded project 2007
http://www.tossad.org/publications

EPO “Usage Profiles of Patent Information among current and potential users” report, 2003, 102 pages
http://www.epo.org/about-us/press/releases/archive/2003/05112003.html

Studies on the German innovation system 2007
http://www.bmbf.de/de/7640.php

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Awards

Deutscher Zukunftspreis - German Future Award
http://www.deutscher-zukunftspreis.de

Forschungspreis der Philip Morris Stiftung  - Research Award of the Philip Morris Foundation
http://www.philipmorrisstiftung.de/forschungspreis/index.php

Artur Fischer Erfinderpreis Baden-Württemberg - Artur Fischer Inventor Award in Baden-Württemberg
http://www.erfinderpreis-bw.de  

Hans-Sauer-Preis - Hans Sauer Award
http://www.hanssauerstiftung.de/hans-sauer-preis

Dieselmedaille
http://www.dieselmedaille.de

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Patent auctions

The Intellectual Property Marketplace
http://www.ipauctions.com

European Auction for IP-Rights
http://www.ip-auction.eu

Patent auctions and IP valuation
http://www.oceantomoauctions.com

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Fairs

IENA Nürnberg annual inventors fair
http://www.iena.de

Hannovermesse with innovation section and competition
http://www.hannovermesse.de

Geneva inventors fair
http://www.inventions-geneva.ch

IPTEC fair for technology transfer
http://www.iptec-cannes.com

Congress and fair for enterprises
http://www.degut.de

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Gender aspects of innovation

Study "Genderaspekte in der Existenzgründung und Selbstständigkeit" (Gender aspects in the process of company founding and self-employment)
http://www.bmfsfj.bund.de/bmfsfj/generator/Kategorien/Forschungsnetz/forschungsberichte,did=84992.html

Gründerinnen-Agentur - Germany-wide information and service agency for women's entrepreneurship
http://www.gruenderinnenagentur.de

"Familienorientierte Personalpolitik" (Family-oriented human resource policy) - a check list for SMEs http://www.existenzgruender.de/publikationen/studien/01263/index.php

Girls' days supported by German federal ministries and other partners
http://www.girls-day.de

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Innovation support - general resources

Point of contact for innovation support programmes at the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de

Federal research and innovation support programmes
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de/de/243.php

Regional research and innovation support programmes
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de/de/221.php

Technology transfer between research institutions and private companies
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de/de/32.php

Federal funding opportunities
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de/de/75.php

A special focus on R&D based foundations of new enterprises
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de/de/174.php

Funding is also available for the participation in national and international fairs
http://www.foerderinfo.bmbf.de/de/653.php

Database of EU, federal and regional support programmes
http://www.foerderdatenbank.de

Portal for publicly funded R&D
http://www.ForschungsPortal.net

Original is ingenious - an anti-counterfeiting and -piracy campaign
http://www.original-ist-genial.de/

New innovation initiative for SMEs in ICT (information and communication technologies)
http://www.ikt-kmu-exzellenz.de

Marketing initiative “InnovationMarket” - Ideas searching for capital or company / companies searching for innovation
http://www.innovationmarket.de

Inventors' platform for commercializing patents
http://www.spirit2go.de

WISSPAT® software for technology competitiveness analysis
http://www.whu.edu/cms/index.php?id=1265

Portal for self-assessment of innovation capacity
http://www.innoscore.de

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Innovation support and technology transfer

resources by state (in bold: name of state [Land])

Network of patent information centres (transfer organisations, trade chambers, founders organisations)
http://www.piznet.de

German society for Information science and practice - regional working groups
http://www.dgd.de/iat.aspx

German network of Innovation Relay Centres
http://www.irc-deutschland.de

EIC - German Euro Info Centres in about 30 German cities
http://www.eic.de

 

Baden-Württemberg:

InTraCoM GmbH consultancy
http://www.intracomgroup.de

Moser & Partner GmbH consultancy
http://www.moser-partner.de

Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Infothek - innovation management
http://www.steinbeis-infothek.de

Patent information centre, Stuttgart
http://www.patente-stuttgart.de

Technology and Licencing Bureau of the Baden-Württemberg universities
http://www.tlb.de

Steinbeis Foundation - technology and knowledge transfer
http://www.stw.de

Bavaria:

LGA (Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern)
http://www.lga.de

LGA Training & Consulting GmbH Patente und Normen
http://www.patente.lga.de

Virtual support centre for patent search
http://www.virtuelles-supportzentrum.de

Consultor Unternehmensberatungsgesellschaft mbH consultancy
http://www.consultor.de

Centre of technology, Würzburg
http://www.tgz-wuerzburg.de

Innovations- und Gründerzentrum Bamberg GmbH - Centre for innovation and company founding
http://www.igzbamberg.de

Item Communication Management Services GmbH
http://www.item.de.

PAVIS - patent rights management
http://www.pavis.de

Technologie- und Gründerzentrum (TGZ) Würzburg - Centre for technology and company founding
http://www.tgz-wuerzburg.de

Winter, Brandl, Fürniss, Hübner, Röss, Kaiser, Polte – Partnerschaft - patent law firm
http://www.wbetal.de

Munich Chamber of industry and commerce
http://www.muenchen.ihk.de

FUTUR (Forschungs- Und Technologietransfer Universität Regensburg) - Regensburg University’s multidisciplinary service facility for knowledge and technology transfer
http://www.uni-regensburg.de/Einrichtungen/FUTUR/html/leitgedanke.html

Netzwerk Nordbayern (North Bavaria Network) - independent network advising in the areas of company founding, business planning, financing, capital and contact procurement
http://www.netzwerk-nordbayern.de

Berlin:

ipal GmbH - marketing agency for inventions and know-how financed by some Berlin universities
http://www.ipal.de /

Brandenburg:

Zukunftsagentur Brandenburg
http://www.zab-brandenburg.de

IQ Brandenburg - network of technology transfer agencies
http://www.iq-brandenburg.de

Technologiestiftung Berlin GmbH  - Fund for technology
http://www.technologiestiftung-berlin.de

EuroNorm GmbH Gesellschaft für Qualitätssicherung und Innovationsmanagement mbH - quality assurance and innovation management company
http://www.euronorm.de

Hamburg:

HKS Handelskammer Hamburg Service GmbH - Chamber of commerce centre for innovation and patents -
http://www.hk24.de/ipc

IPB AG consultancy
http://www.ipb-ag.de

 

Hessen:

Kassel University patent information centre
http://www.piz-kassel.de

Hessen Agentur GmbH
http://www.hessen-agentur.de

Basic information about trade marks
http://www.markenseiten.de

Chamber of industry and commerce - patent rights
http://www.darmstadt.ihk24.de/produktmarken/innovation/InnovationsTechonologieberatung/verwertungsrechte/index.jsp

Chamber of industry and commerce - contact points
http://www.darmstadt.ihk24.de/produktmarken/innovation/InnovationsTechonologieberatung/ErstinfoErfinder/index.jsp

Chamber of industry and commerce - trade marks, plagiarism
http://www.weltmarken-markenwelt.de

 

Lower Saxony / Niedersachsen:

Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland (EZN) GmbH - North Germany centre for innovators
http://www.ezn.de

Heidrun Stubbe GmbH Information and Innovation
http://www.stubbe.de

Centre for the Environment and Technology Osnabrück
http://www.cut-os.de/

Lower Saxony Institute for economics studies
http://www.niw.de/

 

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:

ATI Küste GmbH Gesellschaft für Technologie und Innovation - Consultancy for technology and innovation
http://www.ati-kueste.de

 

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) (Nordrhein-Westfalen):

Patent and Innovation Centre (PIC) Bielefeld
http://www.pic-bielefeld.de

Chamber of industry and commerce, Krefeld
http://www.krefeld-ihk.de

AGIT – Aachener Gesellschaft für Innovation und Technologietransfer mbH - regional development agency for the technology region Aachen
http://www.agit.de

ATHENA Technologie Beratung GmbH - technology consultancy
http://www.myathena.de

IHC International Management Consultants GmbH
http://www.ihc-consulting.de

MACHER GmbH consultancy
http://www.machergmbh.de

TEPAC - Technology and patent consulting
http://www.tepac.de

WIND Wissenschaftlicher Informationsdienst GmbH - Search services, seminars, consultancy
http://www.wind-gmbh.com

POWeR (Patent Offensive Westfalen Ruhr) - regional association of universities Bielefeld, Dortmund, Münster and Paderborn
http://www.patente-gruendungen.de/

University of Bielefeld instructive portal for SMEs
http://www.unternehmensschmiede.de

Industry and commerce chamber in Niederrhein with information for company founders
http://www.ihk-niederrhein.de

Innovation forum Niederrhein
http://www.innovationsforum-niederrhein.de

Technology centre Niederrhein
http://www.tzniederrhein.de

Union for support of patents and innovations in North Rhine-Westphalia
http://www.vip-nrw.de

 

Rhineland-Palatinate:

IHK Zetis GmbH - chamber of industry and commerce
http://www.zetis.de

 

Rhein-Neckar:

Chamber of industry and commerce - starter centre for company founders
http://www.rhein-neckar.ihk24.de/produktmarken/starthilfe/existenzgruendung/index.jsp

 

Saarland:

Zentrale für Produktivität und Technologie Saar e.V. - centre for productivity and technology
http://www.zpt.de

 

Saxony (Sachsen):

BTI Technologieagentur Dresden GmbH - technology agency
http://www.bti-dresden.de

PVA Sächsische Patent Verwertungsagentur
http://www.spva.de

GWT-TUD GmbH (Technische Universität Dresden) - services in the area of knowledge and technology transfer
http://www.gwtonline.de

AGIL Leipzig - innovation promotion and technology transfer agency
http://www.agil-leipzig.de

 

Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt):

ESA Erfinderzentrum Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH - innovators' centre
http://www.esa-md.de

MIPO-Mitteldeutsche Informations-, Patent-, Online-Service GmbH Halle - patent information service
http://www.mipo.de

 

Schleswig-Holstein:

Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation
http://www.wtsh.de

Patent and valuation agency Schleswig-Holstein
http://www.pva-sh.de

Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein
http://www.wtsh.de

Service center: Industrial property rights
http://www.wtsh.de/wtsh/de/servicecenter_schutzrechte/index.php

 

Schwabia (Schwaben):

Chamber of industry and commerce
http://www.schwaben.ihk.de

 

South Thuringia (Süd-Thüringen):

Chamber of industry and commerce
http://www.suhl.ihk.de

 

Thuringia (Thüringen):

Technische Universität Ilmenau Patentinformationszentrum und Online-Dienste-PATON - patent information centre
http://www.paton.tu-ilmenau.de

TGF Schmalkalden Technologie- und Gründer-Förderungsgesellschaft - technology and company founding promotion society
http://www.tgf-schmalkalden.de

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Link lists

Website of the patent attorney Professor Helge B. Cohausz with many useful links
http://www.copat.de 

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