Patent & Licence Management

Scientific research and development at TU Wien often forms the basis for novel, innovative products or processes that can be used in a variety of fields. In the implementation of the often still basic research results into an actual product, securing the research results and the rights of TU Wien and its inventors is one of the decisive steps.

The crucial document for this purpose is the invention disclosure form, which must be completed, signed, and sent to Research and Transfer Support.

This also includes inventions generated during collaborations with the industry and other research instititions.

The staff members of Patent and Licence Management provide support to inventors of TU Wien in filing patent applications and in patent management, as well as in the implementation and exploitation of inventions. 

Formular Erfindungsmeldung (Deutsch), opens an external URL in a new window / Invention disclosure (English), opens an external URL in a new window (download only TU-internal)

Inventions, which represent clear technical innovations, have the chance to be protected by a patent. These innovative solutions need to be suitable for industrial applications.

It is required to perform a preparatory patent and litarature search and append it to the invention disclosure.

ESPACENET, opens an external URL in a new window | DEPATISnet, opens an external URL in a new window | Google/patents, opens an external URL in a new window

The invention must not be published in oral or written form (i.e. made accessible to the public) during these preliminary stages, in order for it to be patentable. From the day the patent application is filed, it is safe to publish the invention.

Detailed information regarding patent search, patent precedures etc. is available in our guide, opens an external URL in a new window – Part 1 and 2 - currently only available in German).l

Your invention disclosure will be processed by one of our patent & licence managers.

Our support includes:


  • Clarifying the ownership structure (students, other universities, companies)
  • Search for patent literature and market opportunities


  • Drafting, submitting and monitoring patent application filings (in co-operation with external patent attorneys and patent offices)


  • Marketing and searching for industry and research partners
  • Negotiations with corporate partners (e.g. option contracts and licence agreements)
  • Support in creating spin-outs (new companies) together with i²c and inits


Possible exploitation modells are: continuing research projects, licencing, selling, company spin-outs 

The decision for one of the obove model depends on multiple factors, especially on the state of development, possible applications, the interests of TU Wien, individual plans of the involved researchers and of course on the interest of potential industry partners.

Close co-operation between Research and Transfer Support and the team of inventors is a prerequisite for successful patenting and the subsequent exploitation. Researchers with their expertise and contacts play a key role in this issue.

Research and Transfer Support provides information events and regular lectures and workshops in the field of patenting and exploitation:

  • Lecture and seminar provide knowledge of intellectual property (IP) and how to handle it correctly, from the point of view of universities and companies. The topics include:
  • Workshop on patent search
    In addition to the literature search, the patent search is a key tool to avoid duplicate research, since many developments by companies are only published within the framework of patent application filings.

    This workshop provides knowledge on the basics of patent searches and an introduction to patent searches with Espacenet as well as the opportunity to participate in practical exercises and hands-on searches on your own research topics at a PC.

    Research- & Transfer Support - Event Calendar - upcoming events  

The following courses are offered in the field of company start-ups in cooperation with the start-up service INiTS, opens an external URL in a new window:  

You can also find further events offered by the WTZ Ost knowledge transfer centre in the field of intellectual property and knowledge transfer in the Events calendar of TU Wien, opens an external URL in a new window using the search term “WTZ”.

TU Wien is a strategic partner university within the Pan-European Seal Traineeship Programme, opens an external URL in a new window.

Students of TU Wien with a Bachelor or Master degee can apply for a year-long (12 months) paid traineeship at the European Patent Office.

More information and details can be found at Pan-European Seal Traineeship @ TU Wien., opens an external URL in a new window

DI Dr. Tanja Sovic

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DI Heinz Gödl

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Patent & Licence Management
(electrical engineering, computer science)

Tel.: +43 1 58801-41536
Fax: +43 1 58801-415980 
E-Mail Heinz Gödl  

DI Karin Hofmann

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Patent & Licence Management
(physics, mechanical engineering, construction engineering)

Tel.: +43 1 58801-415241
Fax: +43 1 58801-415980 
E-Mail Karin Hofmann 

Mag. Dr. Angelika Valenta

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Patent & Licence Management
(physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering) 

Tel.: +43 1 58801-41538    
Fax +43 1 58801 415980
E-Mail Angelika Valenta  

DI Dr. Hildegard Sieberth

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Patent & Licence Management
(chemistry, process engineering)    

Tel. +43 1 58801-415243 
Fax +43 1 58801 415980  
E-Mail Hildegard Sieberth

DI Daniel Rottenberg

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Patent & Licence Management
(construction engineering, mechanical engineering, physics)

Tel.: +43 1 58801-415246 
Fax:  +43 1 58801-415980
E-Mail Daniel Rottenberg