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IP Protection

Until the end of 2015, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology was partnered with the SIGNO network (formerly INSTI), which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), to protect ideas for commercial use, allowing it to therefore draw on extensive experience.

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology provides appropriate services and consulting for SMEs, craft businesses and entrepreneurs, with a focus on the following priorities:

  • Expert advice and information on intellectual property rights
  • State-of-the-art research on property rights
  • Technology assessment and market technology analyses
  • Support for the marketing of intellectual property rights
  • Technology transfer between companies and research institutes


Patent searches

Property rights represent a comprehensive documentation of the technical knowledge that is extended worldwide by more than 600,000 new registrations per year. This valuable information can only be usefully evaluated with the help of special information technologies. We advise you and provide searches on request.


Funding programs

We inform you about current funding opportunities provided by the state, national governments or the EU. Regarding intellectual property rights, the following programs are of particular interest:

WIPANO (knowledge and technology transfer via patents and standards)

WIPANO is continuing the successful SME patent campaign funding program SIGNO. The focus is still on supporting SMEs, craft businesses and engineering offices with securing the initial results of their R&D projects.

Before the application, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology can offer consulting or support for the funding measures.

WIPANO will start accepting requests on April 1, 2016.


Project examples from the SIGNO SME patent campaign

Success through Innovation – Highlights from the SIGNO program (de)

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