We protect

nationally and internationally

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Zehetner Patent Attorneys

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Are you looking for expert advise and support in protecting your brand, your invention, or your business model?

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Patents

Utility Models

Employee Invention Act

Brands &
Trademarks

Technology Contracts

Designs

Licensing Policies

Are you looking for expert advise and support in protecting your brand, your invention, or your business model?

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Patents

Utility Models

Brands & Trademarks

Designs

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Employee Invention Act

Technology Contracts

Licensing Policies

We offer customized solutions along the entire value chain!

We offer customized solutions along the entire value chain!

Drafting

patent and trademark applications with optimal scope of protection, taking your budget, strategy and competitive situation into account

Litigations

national and international patent and trademark infringements, cancellation and nullity actions via our strong worldwide network

Developing

your optimal filing strategy, taking your market positioning and strategic ambitions into consideration

Optimizing

existing patent and trademark portfolios to reduce unnecessary complexity and cost

Management of Your IP Portfolio Worldwide

in close cooperation with our international correspondent attorneys at fair and transparent conditions

Cooperation and Tech- Transfer

between universities and research institutes with industry; support of spin-offs

> Drafting

patent and trademark applications with optimal scope of protection, taking your budget, strategy and competitive situation into account

> Developing

your optimal filing strategy, taking your market positioning and strategic ambitions into consideration

> Management of Your IP Portfolio Worldwide

in close cooperation with our international correspondent attorneys at fair and transparent conditions

> Litigations

national and international patent and trademark infringements, cancellation and nullity actions via our strong worldwide network

> Optimizing

existing patent and trademark portfolios to reduce unnecessary complexity and cost

> Cooperation and Tech- Transfer

between universities and research institutes with industry; support of spin-offs

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Our fields of activity

Our clients include established companies as well as spin-offs and start-ups.

In the fields of IP strategy, trademark law, contract law, and the German Employees‘ Invention Ac we support clients from all industries and fields of technology.

We have particular in-house technical expertise in the life sciences, crop protection, pharmaceuticals, organic and inorganic chemistry, nutrition, and cosmetics.

We support inventions in other technology fields together with selected partners in our network.

Innovative and concrete advice

at fair conditions and with focus on value added for our clients - these are Zehetner Patent Attorneys.

Our services cover the entire innovation cycle from idea generation, technical development, freedom-to-operate analysis and strategic first filing to licensing, exploitation, and protecting you against the infringement of your IP rights.

You as our client are always at the center of our attention. Our advice is clear and concrete.

Together with our established international network of reliable IP professionals, we manage your IP portfolio worldwide.

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Innovative and concrete advice

at fair conditions and with focus on value added for our clients - these are Zehetner Patent Attorneys.

at fair conditions and with focus on value added for our clients
– these are Zehetner Patent Attorneys.

Im Mittelpunkt unserer Arbeit steht stets der Mandant. Unsere Beratung ist konkret und verbindlich.

Zusammen mit unserem nationalen und internationalen Netzwerk an verläßlichen und langjährig erprobten Kollegen betreuen wir den Aufbau Ihres weltweiten Schutzrecht-Portfolios.

The founder and managing partner of Zehetner Patentanwälte, Dr. Andrea Zehetner, is a German and European patent and trademark attorney.

Dr. Zehetner has particular experience in advising on complex matters, in particular in the development and implementation of national and international IP strategies, in the management of complex patent portfolios, in the preparation of due diligence analyses, validity and infringement opinions, in the drafting and negotiation of technology contracts, and in the field of the German Employee Invention Act.

She is involved as an expert in the innovation network Katerva and servces on the board of women in ip e.V. since 2016. As a guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she regularly lectures at various universities and at numerous professional events.

Our network

With our base in the technology region Aachen, we are part of the innovation ecosystem around RWTH Aachen University, one of Europe‘s leading technical universities. Our close cooperation with NS+P gives us direct access to the competences a law and accounting firm specializing in technology transfer and tech entrepreneurship.

Drafting your patent or trademark application

Search, individual advice, prosecution, and internationalization

You want to protect an invention, your brand, logo, or your design? As your partner, we define the gist of your invention and tailor the application to your strategic objectives. In doing so, we always keep an eye on the costs and advise you with a focus on your needs – today and in the future.

  • Detailed examination of the invention in the light of the prior art or in view of earlier trademark registrations
  • Consideration of economic viability in terms of cost-benefit analysis, competitive situation, and marketing opportunities
  • Preparation of the application with your strategic objectives in mind
  • Filing the application in German or English language at the European Patent Office, German Patent and Trademark Office, European Trademark Office and/or the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
  • Prosecution of your application and orchestrating the internationalization of your IP

Development and optimization of your IP strategy

Analysis, strategic opportunities, freedom-to-operate, and protection of trade secrets

Our service covers the entire spectrum of IP strategies, from patent applications to strategic disclosure and trade secrets, designing your exploitation and licensing strategy, and supporting the acquisition of external technologies and drafting technology contracts.

  • Assessment of your technology portfolio and development of alternative IP strategies
  • Optimizing the country scope while balancing costs and strategic options
  • Analysis and optimization of your internal processes for the protection of your intellectual property, especially with regard to the German Trade Secret Act (GeschGehG)
  • Advice in dealing with the German Employee Invention Act (ArbNErfG)
  • Developing preventive measures to ward off “patent trolls” (non-practicing entities) and to obtain a solid position in terms of “freedom to operate” (FTO)

Cooperation and transfer

Drafting of technology contracts and defining a base for cooperation with your partners

Moderation

of cooperation negotiations and analysis of the expectations and positions of all stakeholders

Technology Transfer

of IP rights from publicly funded projects, universities, and research institutes into the private sector

Drafting

technology agreements such as non-disclosure agreements, term sheets, letters of intent, memorandum of understanding, cooperation agreements, and licensing agreements

Mediation

in the event of disputes and development of solutions (e.g. based on the Harvard negotiation concept

Ausarbeitung Ihrer Patent- oder Markenanmeldung

Recherche, individuelle Beratung und Betreuung im Erteilungsverfahren

Sie wollen eine Erfindung, Ihre Marke oder Ihr Design schützen?  Gemeinsam mit Ihnen definieren wir den Kern Ihrer Erfindung und stimme die Anmeldung auf Ihre strategischen Ziele ab. Dabei haben wir stets die Kosten im Blick und beraten Sie fokussiert auf Ihre Bedürfnisse – heute und in der Zukunft.

  • Ausführliche Prüfung der Erfindung gegenüber dem Stand der Technik bzw. Ihrer Marke gegenüber älteren Rechten Dritter
  • Berücksichtigung der wirtschaftlichen Verwertbarkeit in Bezug auf Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse, Konkurrenzsituation und Vermarktungschancen
  • Ausarbeitung der Schutzrechtsanmeldung unter Berücksichtigung Ihrer strategischen Ziele
  • Einreichung der Anmeldung in deutscher oder englischer Sprache beim Deutschen Patent- und Markenamt, Europäischen Patentamt, Europäischen Markenamt und/oder WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
  • Betreuung des Prüfungsverfahrens und der Internationalisierung Ihrer Schutzrechte

Erarbeitung und Optimierung Ihrer IP-Strategie

Analyse, Opportunitäten, freedom-to-operate und Schutz von Geschäftsgeheimnissen

Unsere Beratung umfasst das ganze Spektrum an IP-Strategien, von der Patentanmeldung über die strategische Offenlegung bis hin zur Geheimhaltung, die Gestaltung Ihrer Verwertungs- und Lizensierungsstrategie sowie Strategien zur Akquisition externer Technologien und von Technologieverträgen.

  • Analyse von Technologien sowie Entwicklung und Bewertung alternativer Schutzrechtsstrategien sowie Definition optimaler Länderportfolios im Trade-off zwischen Kosten und strategischer Optionen
  • Analyse und Optimierung Ihrer internen Prozesse beim Schutz ihres geistigen Eigentums, insbesondere in Bezug auf das Geschäftsgeheimnisgesetz (GeschGehG)
  • Unterstützung bei Fragestellungen im Bereich Arbeitnehmererfindungsgesetz (ArbNErfG)
  • Ableitung vorbeugender Maßnahmen zur Abwehr von „Patent-Trollen“ (Non-Practicing-Entities), und einer nachhaltigen Rechtsposition im Sinne von „freedom to operate“ (FTO)

Kooperation und Transfer

Erarbeitung von Technologieverträgen und Gestaltung der Zusammenarbeit mit Ihren Partnern

Moderation

von Kooperationsgesprächen und Analyse der Erwartungen und Positionen aller Stakeholder

Transfer

von Schutzrechten aus öffentlich geförderten Projekten und Universitäten in privatwirtschaftliche Anwendungen

Erarbeitung

von Technologieverträgen wie bspw. Geheimhaltungsverträge, Term Sheets, Letters of Intent, Memorandum of Understanding, Zusammenarbeitsverträge und/oder Lizenzverträge

Vermittlung

bei Streitigkeiten und Erarbeitung von Lösungen (z.B. basierend auf dem Harvard-Verhandlungskonzept)

Resume

Dr. Andrea Zehetner

Active in the field of intellectual property law since 2002. Professional representative before the European Patent Office and before the European Trademark and Design Office (EUIPO).

Worked as an in-house patent attorney in research-focused multinationals and innovative mid-sized companies. Responsibility for development projects, commercial products as well as technology and licensing agreements.

Special experience in advising on complex matters, in particular the development and implementation of national and international IP strategies, in the management of complex patent portfolios, the preparation of due diligence analyses, validity and infringement opinions, the drafting and negotiation of technology agreements, and in the field of the German Employee Invention Act.

Since 2014 guest lecturer on patent strategy, e.g. at RWTH Aachen University, TU Hamburg-Harburg, or the Maastricht School of Management

Member of EPI, FICPI and LES. As a member of the board of women in ip e.V. she promotes the networking of female professionals in the IP sector. She further serves as an advisor to the entrepreneurship network KATERVA.

M.Sc. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University, Munich.