IPR & Commercialisation


At the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) interesting research results are generated continuously. Some constructions - e.g. technical inventions - are accessible for protection of industrial property, i.e. are patentable. The LUH examines for the individual case if an invention is patentable and if a patent application would be economical reasonable. In this process possible guidelines of funding grantors will be considered. For the patenting and marketing strategy the LUH is working together with the Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH (EZN).

If you have invented something as an employee of the LUH, you can report your invention

We offer the following services to members of Leibniz Universität Hannover who intend to register a intellectual property right:

  • Personal consultation
  • General information on intellectual property rights
  • Identification of patentable research results
  • Support in the registration of inventions and patent applications

Patent strategy

Leibniz Universität Hannover continuously produces interesting research results. Some developments - especially technical inventions - are eligible for intellectual property protection, for example through patenting. This is an important basis for the transfer of research results into commercial use.

In order to guarantee a high degree of transparency and reliability in the handling of inventions and technical property rights and to take into account the interests of the LUH, its scientists and its cooperation partners, the LUH has adopted a patent strategy.

Excellent research and development which is worth it!

Leibniz Universität Hannover conducts research and development at an excellent level. Industry can benefit from this by licensing proprietary research results. 

Based on intellectual property rights, firms and researchers of Leibniz Universität Hannover can together develop innovative products and processes and thereby gain competitive advantage.

Commercialization opportunities

  • License distribution

    Leibniz Universität Hannover is ready to grant licenses to firms which are interested in using technologies based on our research results. Revenues will benefit research activities at LUH in return.

  • Cooperations and joint development projects

    Leibniz Universität Hannover aims to transfer its research results into practial application. Next to licensing IPR, another framework for this can take the form of a cooperation project with industry, possibly together with further universities or research institutions. Also development projects for solving specific industry problems are possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Company foundation through a patent

    There is the possibility of patenting research results at Leibniz University and founding a company. The possibilities of commercialization within the frame of a foundation are the sharing or licensing as well as the sale of the patenting. Information on the LUH start-up service can be found on this website.

The Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH (EZN) supports Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover in managing and commercialising ist technology portfolio since January 1st 2007.

EZN can provide information about LUH patents and supports the licensing and implementation process.


As the only patent information centre in Lower Saxony, PIZ Hannover at TIB is a recognised regional cooperation partner of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). In particular, university members, founders and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are informed on site and online about industrial property rights and the patent system, supported in searching high-quality patent databases and literature databases and direct access to specialist literature and TIB document delivery.



Helge Wilker
Brühlstraße 27
30169 Hannover
Brühlstraße 27
30169 Hannover
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