Using brands and patents successfully – nationwide campaign week with free orientation consultations for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups

Press release of 30 August 2018

Munich. How can trade marks and inventions be protected? What is the point of intellectual property? And how can it be used successfully on the market? As part of a nationwide campaign week organised by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office and the German patent information centres, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups can obtain advice on the economic use of IP rights. The orientation consultations will take place during the campaign week from 24 to 28 September 2018 in eleven cities and are entitled "Wertschöpfung mit Ideen- und Innovationsschutz" (Value creation with protection of ideas and innovation). The two cooperation partners organised the campaign week for the first time last year – with great response.

Tailor-made advice for every company

In the course of the campaign week, companies receive free, neutral and confidential advice on value creation and risk avoidance in dealing with intellectual property (IP). During the orientation consultations of about two hours, experts from the patent information centres analyse the company-specific IP situation. This particularly concerns industrial property rights (patents, utility models, trade marks and designs), but also aspects of "soft IP", which includes trade secrets and copyright issues. On this basis, companies receive an initial assessment of their economic opportunities and risks in the field of intellectual property with specific recommendations for action – from individual suggestions for the best use of intellectual property in the company to approaches for strategic competitive advantages.

The campaign week is part of the EU’s VIP4SME ("Value Intellectual Property for SMEs") project with more than 30 participating partners from industry, research and administration in Europe and beyond. The project aims to enable companies to better identify and strategically exploit the economic potential of their intellectual property. The Internet portal of VIP4SME with detailed information can be found under the following link: externer Link

It is necessary to make an appointment in advance by phone or e-mail using the following contact details at the respective event location.

AACHEN // Patent- und Normenzentrum, Universitätsbibliothek RWTH Aachen
phone: +49 241 8094480, e-mail:
CHEMNITZ // PatentInformationsZentrum, TU Chemnitz Universitätsbibliothek
phone: +49 371 53113160, e-mail:
DORTMUND // Informationszentrum Technik und Patente, Universitätsbibliothek Dortmund
phone: +49 231 7554014, e-mail:
DRESDEN // Patentinformationszentrum, Technische Universität Dresden
phone: +49 351 46332791, e-mail:
ILMENAU // PATON - Landespatentzentrum Thüringen, TU Ilmenau
phone: +49 3677 694505, e-mail:
KAISERSLAUTERN // Patent- und Informationszentrum der Technischen Universität
phone: +49 631 205 3202, e-mail:
KASSEL // PIZ Kassel, GINo Gesellschaft für Innovation Nordhessen mbH
phone: +49 561 8043481, e-mail:
KIEL // Patent- und Markenzentrum, WTSH - Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH
phone: +49 431 66666831, e-mail:
LEIPZIG // Patentinformationszentrum, Agentur für Innovationsförderung und Technologietransfer GmbH Leipzig
phone: +49 341 26826645, e-mail:
ROSTOCK // Patent- und Normenzentrum, Universitätsbibliothek Rostock
phone: +49 381 4988671, e-mail:
SCHWERIN // Patentinformationszentrum, Technologie-Beratungs-Institut GmbH
phone: +49 385 3993193, e-mail:

All information on the nationwide campaign week on value creation with protection of ideas and innovation can be found here.

Your contact for further inquiries:
Roger A. Hildebrandt
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA)
Informations- und Dienstleistungszentrum Berlin
Gitschiner Straße 97, 10969 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 25992-424; Fax: +49 30 25992-300

The patent information centres are the regional points of contact for IP and offer comprehensive information on industrial property rights throughout Germany. The centres are recognised cooperation partners of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office. They further raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property and IP information among enterprises and research institutions in their regions and are in turn perceived as an important player in the innovation landscape of industry, science and research. You can find everything you need to know about the patent information centres at externer Link (German link).

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 designs. As 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 over 2,600 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 further.

Last updated: 14 May 2024