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Future-proofing your business by empowering Intellectual Property

We want to be your number one thought partner for IP and innovation.

Invoke innovation
How can I identify crucial innovations and secure R&D results systematically?

Harvest your inventions and secure innovations through a sustainable concept fully integrated with your R&D

Cut costs
How can I save IP related costs while retaining high-quality IP?

Our holistic approach reduces expenses in several IP management areas and helps your department cope with cost pressure

Reduce risks
How can I identify, manage and mitigate Intellectual Property risks?

We develop an exhaustive overview of your IP risk potential and design mitigation strategies tailor-made for your needs

Evolve excellence
How can I create maximum impact for my IP department within my organization?

We accompany its transformation to gain a competitive advantage and serve your customers better with a strong IP function

Verify values
How can I find out my company IP's value and understand the bottom-line worth of my IP assets?

We determine an objective value of all your IP assets and offer our independent analysis of your portfolio's potential

Business Model

We solve your challenges in three dimensions.

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Legal
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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Market
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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Technology
Fostering technological innovation will help you maintain a leading market position and lock in customers and investors.
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Services

How we shape your IP excellence

Innovation & IP Creation
Harvest your inventions and protect them with strong IPR
IP Cost Excellence
Lower your IP costs by up to 30%
IP Risk Mitigation
We manage and mitigate internal and external IP risks
IP Transformation
We accompany your IP department's transformation
IP Valuation & Monetization
Understand the bottom-line value of your IP assets
Innovation & IP Creation
If your R&D team tells you that a 1 M€ development project led them to inventing “nothing," we support you to identify and secure the “nothing."

The integration of all IP aspects in R&D projects and technology development is a challenge and we will support you to master it well. We identify together with you the optimal approach to secure your investment and maintain the exclusivity you need for your business success.
Harvesting invention ideas during development activities is only one aspect of many, like ensuring your freedom to operate or securing your IP rights, when working with external parties.
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Burkhard Josuhn-Kadner
Senior Manager
Protect your R&D results

Safeguard your innovations and inventions by ensuring exclusive use of them through smart, cost-efficient IP protection.

Collect and secure your IP

Efficiently harvest your invention ideas and protect them via a structured approach aided by Dennemeyer's IP consultants.

Let IP and R&D join forces

Align IP with R&D to streamline your innovative processes in a manner best-suited for achieving maximum business impact.

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
Manager
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 Risk Mitigation
Let Dennemeyer develop an exhaustive overview of your IP risk potential and design mitigation strategies tailor-made for your needs

The costs for IP disputes can skyrocket if they are not handled in a timely and effective manner, especially in certain jurisdictions. Therefore, your company must understand its risk of infringing upon third parties’ IPRs. On the other hand, having your business properly protected by its own IPRs is essential to prevent others from hijacking your innovations and seizing your revenues.
Our IP risk assessment helps reduce the likelihood of attacks by competitors or patent trolls and prevent revenue losses due to insufficient IPR protection.
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Alexander Gangnus
Manager
Scalable assessment

Do you want to assess one product or your whole IP portfolio? You decide on the breadth and depth of our risk assessment.

Proven mitigation strategies

Our IP risk experts will make recommendations for realistic and effective risk mitigation options.

Protect your revenues

We put a stop to IPR protection gaps. We assess your organization's IPR coverage and help you adjust the scope as needed.

Cut down on legal costs

Reduce your risk of being attacked with infringement claims to avoid high litigation fees and potential damages.

Make IP your top priority

Take IP to the top of your agenda by uncovering and mitigating business-threatening internal and external IP risks.

IP Transformation
Gain a competitive advantage and serve your customers better with a strong IP function.

Create a connected, fully integrated, faster and more productive IP ecosystem in which empowered people use appropriate tools in optimized processes — based on sound strategy — to realize value. Retool and rearrange your reactive IP department to transform it into a proactive catalyst of innovation.
Get world-class comprehensive support with tailor-made plans for achieving your IP transformation, starting with a status-quo assessment and continuing with detailed road mapping and start-to-finish transformation steering and governance.
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Brigitte Baldi
Senior Manager
An empowered IP department

We provide tools, smooth processes, efficient resource allocation and interfaces that create maximum impact.

Steering of the transformation

An experienced transformation manager accompanies and steers the IP department's process of evolution.

Buy-in across the IP team

Our transformation manager ensures the IP department's growth and development goals are internalized by the whole team.

Stronger organization

Divide responsibilities across your IP team by assigning roles focused on core competencies for optimal performance.

Efficient processes

Cut out obsolete work to enable greater staff efficiency and efficacy and better drive innovation in your organization.

Greater employee satisfaction

You will empower your staff by encouraging self-determination and individual identification with their work.

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

Global economic changes have driven the development of business models in which IP is a core component of profitability and growth. An IP-owning organization can productively leverage it internally in many ways: by driving critical internal processes, or developing goods and services for customers.
Externally, it can license IP use privileges to collect royalties or profit from the sale of rights. Dennemeyer's IP valuation experts will help you determine the best strategy for optimizing your portfolio's bottom-line worth.
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Philipp E. Hammans
Senior Manager
Independent IP valuation

Comprehensive, financially and technically sound reports provide perfect support for negotiations with quick turnarounds.

Support for start-ups

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

M&A or joint ventures

Always get fair compensation for your IP. An independent valuation will strengthen your position in negotiations.

IP-backed loans

For IP-backed financing, reliable valuation is key. The objective credibility of our valuators is essential.

Business model optimization

Uncover formerly unnoticed investment opportunities from your IP and learn to cut unnecessary ties.

Monetization

Profit from unused patents through easy access to the patent market to find patent brokers 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Media Industry

"Technology Landscape for innovation and litigation"

Consumer Goods

"IP department’s organization optimization"

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

Situation

  • 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

 

Approach

  • 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

Situation

  • 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

 

Approach

 

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

Situation

  • 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?

 

Approach

  • 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

Situation

  • 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

 

Approach

  • 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

Situation

  • 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

 

Approach

 

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.

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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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Philipp Hammans

Senior Manager — technology, innovation and valuation

Philipp will help you achieve excellence status as your partner for strategic, technology, innovation and IP business architecture challenges.
Monetary valuation projects and due diligences round off his profile.
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Philipp will help you achieve excellence status as your partner for strategic, technology, innovation and IP business architecture challenges.
Monetary valuation projects and due diligences round off his profile.
Meet Philipp on LinkedIn.

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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.
Meet Burkhard on LinkedIn.

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Alexander Gangnus

Manager — IP risk and infringement analysis

With an extensive track record in international IP enforcement and strategies, Alexander helps you detect and mitigate IP risks, but also explore opportunities deriving from potential IPR conflicts.
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With an extensive track record in international IP enforcement and strategies, Alexander helps you detect and mitigate IP risks, but also explore opportunities deriving from potential IPR conflicts.
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Dr. Sven Gensler

Manager — strategy, technology and innovation

Sven is passionate about helping clients drive forward their innovativeness and excel in their IP management.
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Sven is passionate about helping clients drive forward their innovativeness and excel in their IP management.
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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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Linus Brockstedt

Consultant — innovation and strategy

With a passion for technology and Intellectual Property, Linus assists you with IPR data analytics as well as concept creation.
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With a passion for technology and Intellectual Property, Linus assists you with IPR data analytics as well as concept creation.
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Salomé Ricordel

Analyst — 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.
Meet Salomé on LinkedIn.

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.

 

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Testimonials

Our clients’ opinions

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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

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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 AG

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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 Patents, tesa SE

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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

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.

Application

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.

Disclosure

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.

Infringement

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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