Inventions and patents


Has your research yielded new and interesting results? Are you planning to publish them? Then this is exactly the time to consider whether you are holding an invention in your hands that is worth protecting and could also result in commercial exploitation.

In this context, it is important that you have a patent examination carried out before a possible publication (poster, article, conference contribution, ...), since comprehensive protection of your innovative research result is only possible before publication.

MBM Science Bridge - The Patent Exploitation Agency of the University of Göttingen

Since 2007, the University of Göttingen and the University Medical Center have had their own technology transfer service provider, MBM ScienceBridge, which is a 100% subsidiary of the foundation University and offers the following services with regard to inventions and patents:

• Personal initial and follow-up advice
• General information on industrial property rights
• Identification of patentable research results
• Assistance in the registration of inventions and patent applications
• Commercialisation of patents and other materials
(e.g. antibodies, cell lines, plant varieties)

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Legal Status of University Inventions

In principle, the German Employee Invention Act applies to all employees of the University of Göttingen / the University Medical Center who are in an employment relationship with the University:

University inventors - like employee inventors in the private sector - must immediately notify their employer, i.e. the University of Göttingen / the University Medical Center, of their invention in writing, regardless of whether they consider it to be a service invention or a free invention. Any invention made during the period of employment which has arisen from the duties of the employee or which is essentially based on experience or the work in his/her field is deemed to be a service invention. The University of Göttingen / University Medical Center decides whether to make use of the invention or release it. If the invention is taken over by the University, it will bear the patenting costs. As a compensation, University inventors receive 30% of the income generated by the exploitation of the invention. The inventor's institute receives a further share of the proceeds from the exploitation.

Students only fall under the Employee Invention Act if they have an employment relationship with the University, e.g. as a student assistant.