EZN transfers results from research and development into reality. Until today, EZN’s experts have provided advice more than 50,000 times, objectively evaluated over 16,000 new technologies, supported and promoted more than 5,000 innovative projects, as well as successfully implemented and accompanied numerous development and marketing projects.

Thanks to its unique offer, EZN has contributed to turnovers of many hundreds of millions of Euros and, since 1981, has been one of the most successful independent service providers on the market for founders, companies and universities alike, providing competent and objective advice on all questions regarding the development of new products and processes, from the idea to marketing success.

EZN was initiated by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics as a state project under the administration of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Since 1986, the EZN has been a GmbH (limited liability company) with shareholders originating exclusively from its own team of employees.

  • Qualified employees with several years of experience
  • An expert network of lawyers, patent agents, auditors and marketing specialists in Germany and abroad
  • Exceeding 50,000 consultations
  • Evaluation of over 16,000 new technologies
  • Monitoring and promotion of more than 5,000 innovative projects
  • Implementation of over 100 research and development projects


Dates & Events

VIP Ticket* PIZnet Action Week in cooperation with the German Patent and Trademark Office
2021.09.20 - 2021.09.24

During the PIZnet Action Week, you can receive EZN’s free, neutral and confidential orientation advice on the economic potential of intellectual property in your company. It contains a summarizing analysis of all areas of industrial property rights: patent, utility model, trademark and design.

*You can request the VIP ticket from EZN. It entitles you to free orientation advice (no legal advice) from EZN’s experts on the various potentials of industrial property rights. Only as long as free dates are available. Further information can be found at www.piznet.de.

EZN Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH, Theaterstraße 2, 30159 Hannover




Diesel Medal

On November 30, 2012, the German Institute for Inventions awarded EZN the 2012 Diesel Medal for “Best Innovation Promotion”. The prize was accepted by EZN’s managing directors Andreas Deutsch and Dr. Christian Eckardt. The President of the Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft (BVMW), Mario Ohoven gave the laudation.



In 2010, EZN was awarded the Hans-Sauer-Prize for its successful and exemplary support. The nine-member board of trustees praised the financial, advisory and other assistance measures, which were described as innovative, efficient and successful.


In 2015 and 2016, the European Commission awarded the SEAL OF EXCELLENCE to the project application “IProBoard – Intellectual Property Right Dashboard” (proposal no.: 710315 and 729090) submitted by EZN. In the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZONT 2020, the EZN application of 2016 was approved.




EZN is a founding member of the TechnologieAllianz. The German Association for Knowledge and Technology Transfer unites technology transfer and patent offices of universities and research institutions within a nationwide network. The association provides companies with access to the entire spectrum of innovative research results from German universities, as well as from external research institutes. The TransferAlliance aims to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and technology with new impulses. As a member of the TransferAlliance, EZN is involved in the international technology transfer networks ASTP-Proton and ATTP.



The Verein Technologie-Centren Niedersachsen e.V. (VTN) is an association of Lower Saxony’s technology centres to form a business development institution. The EZN supports the association as a founding member. On behalf of the state of Lower Saxony, VTN has been carrying out state-wide projects and initiatives (e.g. INNOHAND) since 1997.