Patent Information Centre

As a real and virtual Patent Information Centre (PIZ) in Lower Saxony, TIB is a recognised regional cooperation partner of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office.

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.


  • 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

  • PIZnet (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Patentinformationszentren e.V.): advanced specialist searches and patent analyses
  • 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
  • Faculty 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
  • uni transfer (Research and Technology Contact Office at Leibniz Universität Hannover): information competence in patents for members of Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • EZN (Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH): patent commercialisation, patent applications for Leibniz Universität Hannover, Technische Universität Braunschweig and Clausthal University of Technology
  • EPO (European Patent Office)


Hartwig Minnermann

Phone: +49 511 762-3414