Inventions, patents, licenses

patent lettersIn addition to research and teaching, the commercial use of research results is also part of Kiel University’s mandate. As much financial return as possible from money invested into research from collaboration with contracting authorities should lead to an economic profit that is as high as possible. In this context, protecting research results, such as technical inventions, software, brands and designs, is an important factor.
Kiel University’s University Board has therefore developed guidelines for intellectual property rights and licenses, which you can view here:

IPR-Policy und Licensing Policy of Kiel University


Employees are obliged to report an invention made at work to their employer, according to the Arbeitnehmer-Erfindergesetz (law on inventions of employees, ArbnErfG). The employer may then use these inventions.
The protection of inventions, software, brands and designs is then reviewed according to the following procedure:
•    Has a report (invention report) been filed?
•    What legal relationship does the inventor/creator have to Kiel University?
•    What legal claims do third parties have?
•    Which connections exist to Kiel University’s strategic objectives?
•    What opportunities are there to use the invention?
•    How much is Kiel University’s share of the costs?

The Technology Transfer Unit usually appoints external experts to assess patentability. These examine the three main needs for a successful IP application


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Industrial Applicability

Very often, older publications or existing property rights are found. Although the invention reports are top-class, so an application for protection is no longer possible due to the lack of novelty.
Please note: An application for protection right after publication of the facts is under no circumstances possible.

If you need detailed information about what is patentable and what is NOT patentable, you will find it in the first section of the Patent Law. Of course, we will also gladly give you direct information.

You have declared intellectual property rights of Kiel University in the past and would like to assess the current property right situation for yourself? Fill out the questionnaire, (internal access only) and get in touch with us.

Questionnaire on the current IPR situation (internal access only)