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Patents & Licenses


Patents are exclusive rights, granted by a state to an inventor for a limited period of time, in exchange for a disclosure of an invention. The right granted to a patentee is the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission.
A patent application must include one or more claims defining the invention which must be new, inventive, and useful or industrially applicable; certain subject areas, such as business methods and mental acts, may be excluded. The process for granting patents is fixed in German and international law as well as in agreements between the national patent offices.

Inventions and patents are an expression of the competencies and of the capacity for innovation of the scientists working at TU Berlin. In addition, they partially determine the allocation of the city’s budgets to the Berlin universities, and within the universities down to the faculties and the departments. At this, TU Berlin covers a top rank within the Berlin region, and School V of TU Berlin is one of the most active departments regarding patents and licenses within the university.

According to German law, the employees of TU Berlin have to inform the central administration about every invention which results directly or indirectly from their job. The service unit Zentrum für geistiges Eigentum provides advice and consultancy for all questions related to inventions, patents, and licenses.


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