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Future-proofing your business by empowering Intellectual Property

Dennemeyer IP Consulting helps you to identify and exploit the maximum potential of your Intellectual Property.

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Invoke innovation
Secure your innovations and turn them into valuable and robust IP rights

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Cut costs
Identify and leverage IP cost-saving potentials

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Improve insights
Unleash your IP’s potential with individualized monitoring concepts and portfolio analyses

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Evolve excellence
Develop your IP department into a powerhouse with tailored IP operations based on best practices

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Reduce risks
Make IP risk potentials transparent and resolvable

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Determine direction
Align your IP activities with your business goals through a strong IP strategy

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Verify values
Make the intangible tangible with a monetary valuation of your IP portfolio

Discover our IP Valuation & Monetization services!

Our approach

A future-proof business model rests on three pillars:

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Extensive legal protection will help defend your technological leadership and protect your brand, hence securing your investments in innovative products and technologies.
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Understanding market potential and customer demand helps you develop suitable products and technologies, create unique customer value and secure a return on your investments.
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Fostering technological innovation will help you maintain a leading market position and lock in customers and investors.


How we future-proof your business and IP

Innovation & IP Creation
Identify crucial innovations and secure R&D results
IP Cost Excellence
Lower your IP costs by up to 30%
IP Intelligence & Insights
Individualized monitoring concepts and portfolio analyses
IP Operations
Maximize business impact with a top-performing IP department
IP Risks & Due Diligence
IP can be a major risk factor — take care of it now
IP Strategy
Define how IP contributes to your business objectives
IP Valuation & Monetization
Understand the monetary value of your IP assets
Innovation & IP Creation
If your R&D team tells you that a €1-million development project led them to inventing “nothing," we support you to identify and secure that “nothing."

The integration of IP matters with R&D and technology processes can be a great challenge — one that Dennemeyer can help you master. We provide proven solutions for securing your investment in innovation and ensuring the exclusivity of the technologies you need for sustainable business success.

Identifying and harvesting invention ideas during development activities is only one aspect of our services. Invention assessments in light of business, technology and legal considerations is another feature. Our approach covers every facet of IP synthesis.
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Burkhard Josuhn-Kadner
Senior Manager
Integration of IP in R&D

Avoid last-minute rushes and ad-hoc solutions by integrating IP and inventions into your R&D and innovation processes.


Idea and invention harvesting

Our advanced concept ensures the identification of your most valuable innovation ideas and supports their lean documentation.

Inventor and innovation workshops

With our creative techniques and questionaires, you will identify relevant innovation ideas during our invention workshops.

Assessment of invention ideas

Our easy-to-follow assessment forms include pre-defined options and guidelines to efficiently support filing decisions.

Invention disclosure (ID) forms

Our ID forms guide inventors by speaking the language of engineers and scientists. Documentation of IDs in just 2 hours.

Patent filings vs. trade secrets

Trade secrets can be a strong, cost-efficient and easily enforceable alternative to patent filings if handled correctly.

IP Cost Excellence
Dennemeyer helps you cope with cost pressure on your IP department. Our holistic approach can reduce expenses in several IP management areas.

Dennemeyer Consulting answers all your cost-cutting questions and helps ensure you save money. We first identify immediate savings opportunities in your portfolio, subscribed services and tools. For sustainable cost excellence, we optimize your filing & prosecution strategy and processes.

You will achieve cost savings of up to 30% in a smart way without jeopardizing the scope of your IP protection. Trust the experience of our IP experts — all have successfully managed portfolios comparable to yours in size, complexity and industry-specific needs.
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Johannes Herbert
Significant cuts to IP costs

Benefit from savings in all areas of IP management: portfolio & strategy, services & tools, and processes & staff.

Portfolio & strategy savings

Achieve cost reductions by pruning your portfolio and leveraging an optimized filing & prosecution strategy.

Savings in services and tools

Rack up quick but valuable cost-efficiency wins by eliminating overcharged IP services, software tools and licenses.

Reducing process & staff costs

Save money with time-efficient processes, appropriate headcount and the right balance between in- and outsourcing.

Objectivity and independence

Dennemeyer always has an objective, unbiased view on savings opportunities, specifically in processes and staff.

Establishing business cases

Our experts provide clear quantification of potential savings to establish business cases for all recommendations.

Implementation support

We go beyond mere recommendations and help your organization successfully implement ideal cost-savings initiatives.

Remote assistance

We provide our IP Cost Excellence services remotely, without requiring any additional business expenses.

IP Intelligence & Insights
Keen insight is the key to unlocking your IP's potential. A careful analysis by Dennemeyer's experts can help you capitalize on your intangible assets.

Typical patent landscape deliverables are easily generated from commercially available patent analytics software, using unelaborated search strings. These reports can be full of impressive charts and graphs but often leave you with more questions than answers while delivering only generalized insights.

We will carefully listen to your unique goals and custom-design an approach to provide valuable analytics and monitoring concepts to meet your specific situation and objectives.
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Johannes Herbert
IP monitoring excellence

We build a time- and cost-efficient patent monitoring workflow with top-level information quality and full R&D integration.

Full IP portfolio assessment

Profit from an objective overview of your IP portfolio together with our best practices to identify improvement potentials.

Competitive analyses and benchmarking

What are your peers' IP activities? We cooperate with you to develop competitive benchmarks that offer the best insights.

IP Operations
Gain a competitive advantage and better serve your customers with a modern and efficient IP function that meets challenges proactively.

Create a connected, fully integrated, faster and more productive IP ecosystem in which empowered people use optimized tools and processes to realize value. Retool and rearrange your reactive IP department to transform it into a proactive catalyst for innovation.

Our world-class comprehensive support starts with a status-quo assessment and continues with detailed road mapping and uninterrupted guidance. The experts at Dennemeyer work in concert with your team at every step on the path to operational excellence.
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Brigitte Baldi
Senior Manager
Future-proof IP operations

We bring proven approaches that enable smooth processes and define appropriate resources and interfaces for maximum impact.

IP Performance Assessment

Dennemeyer's IP maturity score reveals the status quo, benchmarks strengths and identifies improvements to reach IP excellence.

Organization design

Develop the organizational structures, roles and governance to best leverage your IP staff's skills and expertise.

Process optimization

Digitalization and automation eliminate redundant work and help make required processes more efficient and effective.

Change management

Get in the driver's seat and develop your IP staff into proactive innovation catalysts who impel your organization's future strategies.

Transformation of IP function

An IP transformation takes time, steady steering and the empowerment of IP staff. We help identify, shape and actualize outstanding IP operations.

IP Risks & Due Diligence
Is a deal in sight? Gain total transparency and let us help you identify the risks and red flags in your target's IP portfolio.

Costs for IP disputes can skyrocket if they are not handled in a timely and effective manner, especially in certain jurisdictions. Therefore, any investor or company must understand the risks of infringing upon third parties’ IPRs.

Likewise, revenue losses due to insufficient IPR protection make an investment unattractive and deprive a company of crucial earnings while benefiting competitors.

Create transparency now and discover the best ways to navigate and mitigate IP risks.
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Alexander Gangnus
Senior Manager
IP Due Diligence

Gain transparency on IP-related risk potentials or red flags within an investment target's IP portfolio.

Analysis of IP protection gaps

We fill in IPR protection gaps. We assess your organization's IPR coverage and help you adjust the scope as needed.

Infringement analyses

Assess the risk of being the target of infringement claims to avoid high litigation fees and potential damages.

IP Strategy
Stay ahead of the competition. We work with you to enhance your IP strategy's capacity to develop, protect and exploit your IP assets.

What to aim for? How to move forward? Where and when to act?
Dennemeyer’s IP Strategy service delivers answers to the basic but most pressing questions.

First, we take a look at your company’s corporate strategy and find out how IP can contribute to realizing your goals. Next, we craft or adjust your IP strategy — corporate-wide or per business unit — to extract the most value from your intellectual assets and sustain competitive advantages. Finally, we support you in achieving your objectives with a clear roadmap of activities.
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Burkhard Josuhn-Kadner
Senior Manager
IP strategy assessment

We review your existing IP strategy and check for business plan alignment and improvement potentials.

IP strategy development

We develop an IP strategy that is aligned to your business model and objectives, taking into account market and resource factors.

IP roadmap for your future

Let us bring your IP strategy to life with concrete actions toward defined targets and meaningful KPIs to track successes.

IP Valuation & Monetization
Dennemeyer can help you make the intangible tangible. We skillfully handle IP valuation projects of any complexity level, from start-ups to multinationals.

Global economic changes have driven the development of business models in which IP is a core component of profitability and growth. IP has become an integral asset and should be treated as such.

Today, an IP valuation can aid in many scenarios such as investment, financing or exploitation through licensing or sales.

We will help you determine the best strategy for defining and leveraging your portfolio's value. Our comprehensive, financially and technically sound IP valuation reports provide excellent support for internal and external negotiations.
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Alexander Gangnus
Senior Manager
IP Valuation for M&A or joint ventures

Ensure complete and fair compensation for your IP. An independent valuation will strengthen your position in negotiations.

Support for start-ups

Attract investors with the monetary value of your technology. Use your IP as collateral for loans and investment.

Monetization opportunities

Profit from unused patents through easy access to the patent market to find brokers, buyers and interested companies.

About us

What sets us apart?

We work in an open, creative and trustworthy manner. Our unique combination of extensive Intellectual Property, industry and business expertise fosters your IP excellence.


Years of personal experience in Intellectual Property

Our diverse and skilled international team of IP experts from different fields, complemented by a strong expert network, enables us to cover all functional topics related to IP, globally.


Management and business functions represented and industries covered by our team

We have an excellent understanding of your challenges since our consultants have diverse and multidisciplinary academic backgrounds and covered industry positions, e.g., Global Head of Innovation, Technology and IP, before joining Dennemeyer.


Points out of 5 on client satisfaction honor our working mode

Close collaboration and knowledge transfer in joint client-consultant teams, paired with high-quality, reliable and pragmatic solutions, are of utmost importance for us to jointly develop your strategic IP roadmap towards IP excellence.


Proven approaches and tools at our disposal

Powerful tools, such as our artificial intelligence solution Octimine for worldwide semantic patent and innovation research, help us to help you in reaching even the most ambitious IP goals.

Case studies

Examples of our work

Consumer Goods

"IP department’s organization optimization"

Media Industry

"Technology Landscape for innovation and litigation"

HealthCare Industry

"2nd follower wants to become Innovation Leader"

HighTech Industry

"Monetary valuation of an Intangible Asset portfolio for investment purposes"

Aviation and Defense Industry

"IP Creation & innovation Program for civil aviation industry"

  • Situation
  • Approach
  • Results & Benefits


  • The client is a SME (small or medium enterprise) in the household appliances sector
  • Due to a strategic reorientation the number of invention disclosures and applications increased significantly
  • Organizational structure, operational procedures and capacity distribution needed to be adjusted in the most effective and efficient manner
  • Smart home related developments required the IP department to rethink its service offers and current tasks




All IP department employees, company internal customers and stakeholders were involved in a design thinking approach to jointly develop the future IP department and to define the necessary measures to reach it, based on a current situation analysis; the following questions have been answered:

  • Are we conducting the right tasks in the right way?
  • What does the internal customer demand with respect to solutions and working habits?
  • Is the IP department structured in the right way and equipped with sufficient capacity and competence to fulfill the future tasks?


Results & Benefits

  • An objectified picture on the current situation within the IP department and the internal customer requirements
  • The IP department’s future ambition based on a creativity workshop
  • An objectified description of the client-specific, realistic best situation that is possible to be reached
  • A catalogue of measures to reach the desired status focusing on efficiency, effectiveness and IP awareness 
  • Additionally the awareness for IP has been strengthened within the entire company


  • Situation
  • Approach
  • Results & Benefits


  • The client is a leading player in live video streaming services in the adult entertainment industry
  • Constantly improving its online streaming platform, the client recently faced litigation threats by US players
  • As a response, the client intended to secure its core software developments via international patent protection
  • To do so, the client first intended to gain insights into the ambient patenting activity, litigation events and innovativeness levels of its competitors for selected technologies



  • Using a custom questionnaire, a technology matrix was built in cooperation with the client’s subject-matter experts, reflecting the client’s priority technology and R&D areas
  • For each of the technology matrix elements, patent search queries were developed and improved in multiple iteration rounds of results revision
  • Final patent search results were imported into Dennemeyer’s IP analysis tool in order to generate the insights, to perform selected analytics and to highlight certain innovative patents


Results & Benefits

  • Within three weeks, the client obtained a comprehensive technology matrix that is fully searchable (e.g. status, litigation events, assignee) and that reveals where which patent belongs to with respect to technology
  • With the report, the client understands where the litigation risks are highest, and in which jurisdiction(s) it is most likely to occur
  • Using key patent metrics, we identify technology leaders and cutting-edge inventions that inform the client on the level of innovativeness required for patenting
  • Analyzing technology trends and key applicants, the client is made aware of what its innovation efforts should focus on and potential cooperation partners from neighboring industries


  • Situation
  • Approach
  • Results & Benefits


  • The client is a global player in the medical technology with a second follower strategy. This strategy has been changed and the company planned to become the innovation leader in their industry sector.
  • The IP department acted as a mostly reactive supporting function not being responsible for all company divisions and with insufficient resources to become more active
  • The client asked Dennemeyer for an unbiased view on its own IP function to answer the questions
    • Is the IP thinking and strategy up to date and how is the strategic fit to innovation lead ambitions?
    • Where are strengths and weaknesses?



  • Dennemeyer applied its IP performance assessment approach consisting of three major steps
    1. IP base data analysis: Statistical analysis of patent portfolio with respect to basic patent characteristics
    2. IP audit: Interview based assessment covering > 350 questions clustered in 6-10 dimensions
    3. X-Assessment: Compares internal (IP department) and external perspective (cross-functional)


Results & Benefits

  • The client received a clear and in depth audit result providing
    • Strengths and weaknesses of the IP function in comparison to industry best practices (benchmark)
    • Areas of improvement with concrete measures to overcome weaknesses
    • Transparent and objective report to communicate need for resources and greater organizational integration
    • 8-10 initiatives how to lead the transformation with relevant effects for the organization


  • Situation
  • Approach
  • Results & Benefits


  • The client is an investment company headquartered in the UK
  • The potential investment target is a research-driven company in the battery technology sector with multiple IP rights seeking a loan by pledging their IP portfolio as collateral
  • The IP portfolio has been valuated by the target’s IP law firm, but the investor seeks an objective and independent IP valuation



  • Within two work packages Dennemeyer consultants independently valuated the trademark and technical IP rights portfolio
  • Due to the valuation objective an income based valuation approach with a Relief-from-Royalty method was applied
  • In close collaboration with the target company legal, technical and market valuation factors were assessed to value the patent portfolio based on a reliable business case


Results & Benefits

  • Dennemeyer provided an objective valuation on the target’s IP portfolio as an independent assessor
  • The client was very satisfied with the transparent valuation approach and got a clear view on:
    • The monetary value of the IP Portfolio and each single IPR
    • Strengths and weaknesses of the IP portfolio in comparison to the technological competition
  • Thus, the client is enabled to make an informed investment decision with a better understanding of the target’s actual value, associated risks and technology landscape


  • Situation
  • Approach
  • Results & Benefits


  • The client is a player in the civil aviation industry
  • The company was seeking for not yet protected technologies and new solutions in their key technology areas of interest
  • The client asked Dennemeyer to identify new technologies with high potential for patent generation
  • The client asked Dennemeyer to create and draft these patents and to coordinate an IPR Strategy development




Dennemeyer applied a four phases – each project phase contributed to the objective: generate new technologies and patent applications

  • Phase 1: Definition and selection of the key technology of interest for the company
  • Phase 2: IP Creation Process to empower the joint teams in five workshop steps to solve problems faster, to improve technologies and to create higher technology and patent values
  • Phase 3 & 4: Patent application drafting and IP Strategy development to optimize technology protection and to leverage the business model


Results & Benefits


Dennemeyer provided a comprehensive IP Creation & Innovation workshop series:

  • Existing technologies have been analyzed and improved
  • New technologies have been defined, novelty has been assessed and possible inventions have been developed
  • Patent applications have been placed
  • A 360° protection strategy has been set up and the business model has been adapted


Meet your IP experts

A selection of our consultants

We apply our unique combination of Intellectual Property, industry and business expertise. Our Dennemeyer Consulting team members leverage their experience and personality to act as your thought partner.

Over 75 years of personal experience in IP

Altogether, our IP consultants have accumulated over 75 years of professional experience in IP. From IP strategy over to IP intelligence, IP valuation and IP enforcement, we cover the entire lifecycle of IP.


Brigitte Baldi

Senior Manager – strategy and transformations

Brigitte is your partner for strategic, organization, operations and transformation management in IP excellence.
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Brigitte is your partner for strategic, organization, operations and transformation management in IP excellence.
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Burkhard Josuhn-Kadner

Senior Manager — IP excellence, strategy and operations

Burkhard will help you achieve strategic and operational excellence for IP by applying proven strategies and concepts using long industry experience on an executive level.
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Burkhard will help you achieve strategic and operational excellence for IP by applying proven strategies and concepts using long industry experience on an executive level.
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Alexander Gangnus

Senior Manager — IP strategy, risk and valuation

Alexander has more than 10 years of international experience in the management of IP strategy, valuation, due diligence and enforcement projects
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Alexander has more than 10 years of international experience in the management of IP strategy, valuation, due diligence and enforcement projects
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Johannes Herbert

Manager – IP intelligence, insights and cost excellence

Johannes is passionate about his client’s success demonstrated through his long-standing experience in managing IP projects. He is your partner for establishing smart and efficient IP monitoring solutions, the creation of strategic insights and IP cost optimization.
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Johannes is passionate about his client’s success demonstrated through his long-standing experience in managing IP projects. He is your partner for establishing smart and efficient IP monitoring solutions, the creation of strategic insights and IP cost optimization.
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Dr. Cornelia Peuser

Senior Consultant — innovation economics

Cornelia helps you gain insights into your technological and competitive environment and stay ahead of the curve.
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Cornelia helps you gain insights into your technological and competitive environment and stay ahead of the curve.
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Salomé Ricordel

Consultant — strategy and legal

Salomé draws on her IP law experience to support you with regards to legal assessment, IPR analytics and IP strategy development.
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Salomé draws on her IP law experience to support you with regards to legal assessment, IPR analytics and IP strategy development.
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Is IP more than the protection of my inventions or brands?

Yes, IP is a powerful instrument to gain insights into competitors, markets, industry and technology trends and provides a wealth of information to drive your strategy formulation.

Who are my competitors, and in which direction do they develop?

Accurately interpreted IPR data offers a magnitude of insights about the existing and upcoming players in the competitive arena and enables you to detect their strategic movements even before they are announced.

How can IP predict future technological trends?

IP data, when carefully analyzed, is key to detecting developments even before the markets become aware of them. Thorough analytics help to identify upcoming trends and to detect topics that have outlived their value.

How can IP contribute to our objective of putting the customer at the center of our development?

Shifting from technology-driven to customer demand-driven innovation requires a similar development for your IP strategy. On the other hand, you apply IPR insights as a driving force to move toward technology or product “white spots” on the market.

How can we identify potential buyers or licensees that would be interested in our IP?

With a good research strategy, IPRs enable the understanding and identification of market players and trends in specific sectors, thus detecting interested parties.

How can my company become an innovation leader?

You will reach innovation leadership by using your innovation assets as driving forces and adopting a customer - and market-driven IP strategy.

We see a lack of innovation, how can IP help to fill the gap?

Structured approaches such as well-prepared IP creation workshops prompt a fast and focused development, thus triggering the evolution from a following to a leading innovation position.

How can we improve innovation and R&D within our company?

Use IP to inspire the generation of new IP assets and additional value from existing IPRs, as well as predicting trends and entering new markets.

How can we justify expenses for IP?

IP management costs arise when you create, protect and maintain intangible assets. Vice versa, IP assets are a source of revenue either directly through license royalties or indirectly by securing market share, margins and reputation, thus offsetting IP costs.

How can I identify and overcome my IP management’s weaknesses?

IP performance assessments are an excellent approach to identifying means of improvement. Benchmarking exercises apply a sound basis of data, notably to determine the company’s IP management strengths and rectify weaknesses. Regularly, key performance indicators assess your company’s level of maturity in IP management and inventiveness.

How can we further develop our IP team?

Make clear what challenges your team is facing: Do you go for transformation and change, e.g., digitalization? Are you heading toward strategic IP developments, e.g., do you contribute actively to your company’s business? Is a transaction ahead or planned, e.g., searching for a potential partner, seller or buyer, integrating or demerging an IP portfolio? Depending on your situation, approaches such as awareness creation, coaching, training, adequate tool instruction or workflow improvement are required.

What tools are appropriate to support our IP management?

There is neither a “one tool fits all” nor a dominant solution in the market. Your users, your objectives and your requirements are the guiding principles for any selection.


Questions and answers

Questions to consider when talking about empowering Intellectual Property

As your thought partner in IP, we are dedicated to discussing your questions around IP.

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What our clients say


In a joint project team with Dennemeyer Consulting, we developed our new patent strategy, organization, processes, resources and requirements for software tools. Today, I am proud that our implemented patent competence center passed several, even externally driven assessments, with the result that our patent management is up to date with no need to further improvement.

Hans-Georg Greif

former Head of Patents at RWE


The IP Transformation program supported by Dennemeyer's experienced transformation manager is a role model project under the given constraints.

Dr. Peter Fruhstorfer

CEO/CBO of Eppendorf SE


The Dennemeyer consultants have demonstrated impressive professional skills (technical knowledge, market expertise and also soft skills). The insights and findings out of the project were by far better than expected and definitely not a one fits all solution.

Ingeborg Graefe

Head of IP, tesa SE

As a start-up, the greatest challenge during funding with investors is the company valuation. Usually, the investors have the better cards during negotiations. We at KTW Technology have decided to let the renowned company Dennemeyer IP Consulting conduct an IP valuation for the upcoming growth financing. This professional appraisal provides us with a neutral valuation for future negotiations. Many thanks to the team at Dennemeyer IP Consulting for the great job.

Wolfgang Teichmann

CEO of KTW Technology GmbH


I was surprised how quickly the Dennemeyer consultants were able to appreciate the complexity of our intellectual property management. Starting from the current status, they focused on what I considered to be the right, most important issues and looked ahead. Together with the team, a viable future path was defined in an increasingly fast-changing environment. A few months after the end of the project, the team is still very satisfied with the course of the project and its result. The feedback from our top management was also consistently positive.

Aron Dag Schermaul

General Counsel, tesa Group


The improved exchange and mutual understanding within our team already made it worth working with Dennemeyer. The consultants tailored their approach very well to our situation and did a convincing job both on the personal and on the procedural level, so that the impact lasts far beyond the project end.

Ditmar Neumann

Partner, KEENWAY Patentanwälte Neumann Heine Taruttis PartG mbB


The approach that the Dennemeyer Consultants applied to audit our IP performance is clear and thoughtful. The results are reasonable and create a good base to head into the future.

Client’s Head of Strategy & Technology


After 10 years, we want to get an outside-in assessment on the achievements of our IP department and an orientation where we stand. The objectives were fully met with Dennemeyer’s support in the IP performance audit project. In addition we received valuable insights to our different business units’ needs and demands.

Client’s Head of IP Management/Patents


Thanks again to the Dennemeyer Consulting team for this very successful project. The first improvements are already achieved. The employees are very eager to continue with the implementation of the commonly defined measures. I am looking forward to continuing our good collaboration in future projects.

Global Managing Director, IP Law Firm

After more than 5 years of good faith efforts in thinking and discussing we finally get big steps done in the transformation supported by Dennemeyer in the past months to enable us to contribute best to our group’s strategic objectives.

Client's Head of IP

IP glossary

Critical and curious terms in the world of IP

We have put together a sampling of some of the most important terms you will encounter in the field of Intellectual Property. Download our comprehensive glossary to broaden your knowledge of this industry.


The formal request for an IP right at an IP office, whereupon the office examines the application and decides whether to grant or refuse protection. An application also refers to a set of documents submitted to an office by the applicant.


The first publication of the details of an invention. If the disclosure is made before the patent application has been filed (deliberately or otherwise), the invention will be unpatentable, in most cases. In return for a patent granted (exclusive rights for a limited time), the applicant must make full disclosure of the invention for which protection has been requested.


Breach of IPRs, e.g., the unauthorized use of any IP protected as copyright, patent, trademark, etc. without proper permission from the person(s) or entity that own(s) those rights. Examples of IP infringement are “counterfeiting” and “piracy.”

IP life cycle

The life cycle of an IPR, determined either by law or by factual circumstances. An example of expiry determined by law is the 20 years granted for holding the monopoly on the patent. In contrast, a case of factual circumstances is the non-use of a trademark for business activity cessation.

Grace period

A period of time granted for the public disclosure of an invention without affecting a subsequent patent application’s validity.

Non-practicing-entity (NPE)

A legal or physical person who acquires a patent but does not employ it. The purpose of the entity, which is the patent owner, is to leverage that patent by licensing or selling it to third parties.

Patent family

A set of interrelated patent applications filed in one or more countries to protect the same or a similar invention.

Patent landscape

A snapshot of a specific technology’s patent situation, either within a given country or region, or globally. It can inform policy discussions, strategic research planning or technology transfer.

Standard essential patent

Patents on technologies that are incorporated in an industry standard and that would be necessarily infringed by implementing standard specifications. Standard Essential Patents are patents whose exploitation is technically necessary to implement certain technologies.

Unity of invention

In most patent laws, the unity of invention is a formal administrative requirement that must be met by a patent application to become a granted patent. Basically, a patent application can relate only to one invention or a group of closely related inventions.

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