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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 differences between a patent and a utility model?

Information from the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA)

  • Field of use

Inventions which are new, involve an inventive step and have an industrial application can be protected by a patent as well as by an utility model. However, it is important to mention that technical and chemical processes can only be patented but cannot be protected by an utility model.

  • Term

Utility models confers exclusivity for a maximum period of only 10 years. This is an important difference to patents. A patent can be maintained for a period of 20 years, in special cases (drugs) for a period of 25 years.

The legal protection of an utility model is initially valid for 3 years. After 3, 6 and 8 years the legal protection can be extended. At each step a maintenance fee has to be paid.

  • Process

The patent office does not check the novelty, inventive step and industrial application of an utility model. Only in a later cancellation procedure or infringement suit these conditions are examined. Therefore an utility model can be achieved simpler, faster and cheaper than a patent. But there is also a bigger risk that it will be attacked and revoked.

Patents in contrast  are only granted after an examination of novelty, inventive step and industrial application. These step are often very time-consuming and costly.

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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