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About us

MBM ScienceBridge GmbH evaluates, protects and commercializes inventions of higher education institutions and research facilities. It was founded as a private company and wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Göttingen Public Law Foundation in 2004.

We see our mission in the motivation of scientists to also look at their own research results from the perspective of an economically relevant invention and to report such to the employer as an employee invention.

In the case of promising inventions, we coordinate the application for an intellectual property right with external patent lawyers who are specialised in the relevant field

We subsequently present such inventions worldwide to companies in order to identify partners who are interested in developing the invention into a product and placing the product onto the market

What are the steps of a German patent application?

  • Patent application

Patent applications for Germany are handled by the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). It is highly recommended to work with a patent attorney to ensure that formal requirements for a patent application are fulfilled. Here is the DPMA application form and a information sheet about the German patent application. If working with MBM ScienceBridge GmbH the patent attorneys are usually selected by us depending on the area of an invention. No costs arise for the inventor.

  • Check for obvious obstacles to patentability („Patentierungshindernisse“)

The DPMA checks the patent application for compliance with formal requirements and for the presence of obvious obstacles to patentability. You can find the description of obstacles to patentability in the information sheet “Merkblatt für Patentanmelder” under Section VII: "What happens after the patent application?" (page 10).

  • Request for examination a patent application

A request for examination of the patent application must be made within 7 years after the patent application. This request starts an in depth examination of the patentability of a patent application. Only after a successful examination can a patent be granted.

  • Publication of a patent application

The patent application is automatically published online 18 months after its filing, regardless of the status of procedure ("Offenlegungsschrift"). The patent application is then searchable for everybody.

  • Grant of a patent

Only after a positive result of the examination on substantive patentability a patent is granted. With the publication of the grant of a patent in the Patent Office Journal (“Patentblatt”) the legal effects of the patent enter into force.

  • Time span for filing an appeal („Einspruchsphase“)

With the publication of the grant of a patent a 3-months time span for filing an appeal begins. During this period everyone can file an appeal against the grant of the patent.  An appeal leads to a re-examination of the lawfulness of the granting.

  • Maintenance of a patent („Patentaufrechterhaltung“)

Starting from the 3rd year, an annual fee to maintain the patent is due. Altogether, a patent can be maintained for a period of 20 years, in special cases (drugs) for a period of 25 years.

Link:

Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (www.dpma.de)

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Our Partners

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Universitätsmedizin Göttingen Universität Hildesheim
Leuphana Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
IFNANO Hochschule Hannover TransferAllianz
TU Clausthal Ostfalia Measurement Valley
 Laser Zentrum Hannover Gino  

 

Looking for innovation

MBM ScienceBridge GmbH supports scientists, evaluates inventions, oversees applications for intellectual property rights and out-licenses patents of universities and research institutions in Göttingen and Lower Saxony.

Our company evaluates, protects and commercializes inventions of higher education institutions and research facilities. It was founded as a private company and wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Göttingen, Public Law Foundation, in 2004.


Office of MBM ScienceBridge GmbH:
You can find the office of the MBM ScienceBridge GmbH at Hans-Adolf-Krebs-Weg 1, 37077 Göttingen on the northern campus of the Georg-August-University Göttingen.

A subsidiary of

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen