PIZ Niedersachsen

Patent Information Centre and PATLIB Centre

The TIB is the only patent information centre in Lower Saxony to be a recognised regional cooperation partner of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and, as a PATLIB centre, a PATent LIBrary of the European Patent Office (EPO).

Target group

Above all, members of the university, founders, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are provided with advice, both locally and online, about industrial property rights and patents. The aim of this advice, which enhances information competence, is to encourage higher education institutions and SMEs to conduct innovation activities.


  • Central search entry in the TIB portal for the free search of more than 100 million data records on non-patent literature (NPL) and 13 million patent documents from the last 7 years in a common index
  • Direct access to technical literature and TIB document delivery
  • Local support, particularly in the Patents and Standards Reading Room, as well as online support in searching high-quality patent databases and literature databases
  • Simple searches and patent analyses - no monitoring of industrial property rights
  • Comprehensive literature on industrial property rights and copyright
  • Information about industrial property rights information management, as well as the appraisal and utilisation of intellectual property rights
  • Information events about industrial property rights and patents

Further information

PIZ cooperation partners and the services they offer

  • EZN (Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH): patent commercialisation, patent applications for Leibniz Universität Hannover, Technische Universität Braunschweig and Clausthal University of Technology and others
  • FIZ Karlsruhe (FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure): advanced specialist searches, training and further training in patent searches
  • IHK Hannover (Hannover Chamber of Industry and Commerce): free initial consultations for inventors by patent lawyers
  • Fakulty of Law of Leibniz Universität Hannover: lectures and exercise classes on intellectual property rights for lawyers, non-lawyers at Leibniz Universität Hannover and third parties
  • PIZnet (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Patentinformationszentren e.V.): advanced specialist searches and patent analyses
  • uni transfer (Research and Technology Contact Office at Leibniz Universität Hannover): information competence in patents for members of Leibniz Universität Hannover


Claudia Todt

Head of PIZ Niedersachsen
Mechanical Engineering, Patents and Standards

PIZ Niedersachsen

Lesesaal Patente und Normen

Fax: 0511 762-19130
Email: piz@tib.eu