Would you like to receive a constantly updated overview of patents which are granted in your area of interest and to know who owns them?
Are you looking for informed help for self-help to advance your patent management?
Do you need an experienced moderator for license negotiations and a reliable partner for attacks against patents?
… WITH SERVICES ACCORDING TO YOUR NEEDS.
… WITH SERVICES ACCORDING TO YOUR NEEDS.
Patent information service and monitoring
In patent searches, it is important to filter out the essentials. We provide you with specific support and according to the premise “less is more”.
With our patent information service, you always have an overview of which applicants have which industrial property rights in your industry. This enables a better assessment of the significance of your own technology.
You will improve your planning security for new product developments, your own patent applications and you avoid unnecessary legal disputes. In addition, you can sharpen your focus on when the involvement of a lawyer is necessary.
All areas of technology are divided into IPC classes (IPC = International Patent Classification).
In order to define your technical requirement profile – or several profiles – please tell us the IPC classes relevant for your business. We will be happy to assist you in selecting the IPC classes.
For each profile you will receive a weekly hit table from us with the newly granted German (DE) and European (EP) patents, i.e.:
- Filing number
- Registration and issue date
- Name of the owner
- Excerpt from the main claim (core of the patent)
- Link to open the entire patent specification as a PDF file.
Upon request, we will search for patent applications not yet granted but already published within your profile or for previously granted patents of a specific owner.
Even experienced patent experts gain within only a few months through the IGR Patent Information Service an excellent overview as a possible basis for more in-depth searches. The weekly review of the results from the information service increases the awareness of relevant applicants as well as of technical areas of interest of competitors.
PATENT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
On request, an inexperienced customer in patent matters will receive a briefing in order to be able to use the IGR Patent Information Service professionally. This includes “basic training” on the process of patent application procedures and the possibilities of influencing them.
In addition, we support the customer in the strategic implementation of the knowledge gained from the IGR Patent Information Service. Some typical questions:
- How and where can patents be applied for, what are the general considerations?
- How is the inventor remuneration organized?
- Is it worthwhile to attack a certain newly granted patent with an opposition – in one’s own name or anonymously in association with other parties concerned?
- What should be done if an invention is made by an employee? What are the rights of the employer and the inventor?
- What possibilities exist for defence against an unjustified license offer?
The pinpoint support enables the customer to implement his own patent management in the company with little effort.
HITS BY SIMPLE KEYWORDS
DATABASE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
A lawyer’s warning letter from a non-practicing entity (NPE) is submitted to IGR for information. The letter alleges infringement of a patent which protects short-distance communication between a mobile phone and an audio system in a motor vehicle, so that the car radio can be used as a hands-free system for the mobile telephone carried. The addressee of the letter is requested to no longer offer this technical solution or to acquire a license of the patent which is subject to a fee.
As a subscriber to the IGR database, the addressee can search in the data base for prior art – by entering the terms “hands-free / Bluetooth / mobile phone” in the search field “key words” of the database. With this information, the addressee is prepared for further negotiations with the NPE in order to prevent claims being made against the patent.
NETWORKING AND ALLIANCES
IGR supports you as a licensee and as a licensor.
On the one hand, IGR supports the network of its members by monitoring applicants who are expanding their patent portfolio and who may aggressively exploit their patents. At the request of the members in the relevant technical field, IGR will monitor such applicants regarding applications and granted patents and inform the network about hits at short notice. If necessary, IGR will file an opposition on its own behalf against certain patents.
IGR also analyzes so-called standard essential patents to determine whether they are actually mandatory for the standard in question.
If necessary, Dr. Manfred Rossmanith, as managing director of IGR, can conduct settlement and license negotiations and coordinate all activities in order to optimally bundle forces.
On the other hand, IGR has for decades also supported patent holders who wish to license individual patents or a patent portfolio. Our support ranges from the analysis of the exploitation potential to the conclusion of license agreements with licensees.
Wenn sich Lizenznehmer regelmäßig in erheblicher Anzahl zusammenschließen, um einheitliche angemessene Lizenzgebühren zu verhandeln, dann können sie hiermit erheblichen Einfluss auf die “Marktüblichkeit” bestimmter Gebühren nehmen, die in der Rechtsprechung eine entscheidende Rolle spielt. Denn die Gerichte schrecken davor zurück, selbst bestimmte Gebühren festzulegen, sondern orientieren sich stattdessen lieber an marktüblichen Tarifen, die regelmäßig durch gerichtlich bestellte Gutachter ermittelt werden sollen.
Zudem: auch aus Sicht eines Patentverwerters ist eine Verhandlungslösung immer besser (und im Zweifel billiger und schneller) als eine gerichtliche Lösung. Dies gilt insbesondere dann, wenn in einer Verhandlungsrunde mehrere Lizenzverträge endverhandelt werden können.
Aktuell gibt es Stimmen, die jedenfalls im Bereich von Standard-essenziellen Patenten eine regulatorische Vorgabe der Lizenzgebührenhöhe befürworten. Aus IGR-Sicht ist dies keine zielführende Lösung. Denn diejenigen Patentinhaber, die bislang ihre Patente zum (offenen) Standard deklarieren und damit eine Verpflichtung zur Vergabe von Lizenzen zu angemessenen Konditionen eingehen, würden sich einer solchen “Zwangsbewirtschaftung” ihres geistigen Eigentums dadurch entziehen, dass sie sich überhaupt nicht mehr an offenen Standards beteiligen. Daher ist auch hier eine Verhandlungslösung auf Augenhöhe, im Wege der Bildung von Allianzen, mittel- und langfristig besser, um auf die Entstehung weiterer offener Standards hinzuwirken, die insbesondere für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen verfügbar bleiben..
The IGR is a private professional association and simultaneously a service provider. The services, which have been tried and tested over decades, can be purchased individually or used “en bloc” by association members.
Services especially for association members
- Communication network for patent information
- Oppositions or nullity actions against interfering patents
- Procedures in the name of the IGR, without naming the partners
- Consumer Electronics: online database of pre-published patents and non-patent literature for patent litigation
History of IGR
- Foundation of the IGR (Interessengemeinschaft für Rundfunkschutzrechte) in Berlin in 1923 as a private professional association for broadcasting. The goal was to create a counterweight to large competitors who sought market power through patent applications. IGR GmbH was founded after World War 2.
- In the course of technological change, IGR’s focus was expanded from classic consumer electronics to adjacent areas, e.g. in-car entertainment and navigation, mobile phones with multimedia functions and smart home/living applications to IoT.
- Since 2016, the range of services offered by IGR GmbH has been open to all customers in all technical areas.
Dr. Manfred Roßmanith, Patent agent, Managing director
After completing his physics studies at the University of Konstanz with a diploma thesis on high-temperature superconductors, Manfred Rossmanith received a scholarship from the Max Planck Society at the University of Stuttgart to do his doctorate with a thesis on semiconductor heterostructures.
After completing his legal training as a patent attorney, Manfred Rossmanith held various positions from 1997-2016, most recently as Vice-President in the patent division of Technicolor S. A. (formerly Thomson). Manfred Rossmanith has a profound knowledge in the field of consumer electronics and extensive experience in developing exploitation strategies for patent portfolios as well as in patent enforcement, including license negotiations and nullity proceedings.
This knowledge already qualified him in 2006 as a member of the supervisory board of IGR, which he chaired from 2014-2016. Since 2017, Manfred Rossmanith has been managing director of IGR to effectively support clients and members of IGR in all patent matters with his extensive practical experience.