EZN’s Services

EZN’s experts know how the results of research and development can be successfully implemented and protected both technically and economically. EZN supports companies, founders and universities, objectively evaluates new technologies, initiates R&D projects, develops new products and processes, and supports their marketing. For each innovation, there is a tailored solution; each idea is treated individually.

Patent Information Centre

Patent Information Centre Lower Saxony

The Technical Information Library – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology in Hanover (TIB) has been active as a patent information centre for many years within the framework of a cooperation agreement with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). In agreement with the DPMA, EZN’s special services will be offered under the name “Patentinformationszentrum Niedersachsen” in addition to the TIB’s existing range of services.

In cooperation with the Lower Saxony Patent Information Centre, EZN offers the following services:

  • Information on national, regional and international application procedures and on the course of intellectual property rights proceedings, including plant variety rights,
  • initial consultations for inventors,
  • Awareness-raising measures for the protection of industrial property rights (e.g. seminars, information events, support of trade fair booths),
  • Research, in particular contract research,
  • Information, business consulting and analyses concerning of data management concerning intellectual property, evaluation of intellectual property rights, portfolio analyses regarding intellectual property rights, intellectual property rights utilisation, intellectual property rights management and strategy, enforcement of intellectual property rights, defense against and avoidance of product and brand piracy, realisation of intellectual property rights analyses.

EZN does not provide legal advice – this is provided exclusively by specialist lawyers.


Support Programmes

WIPANO: Patents and Standards

Through the “WIPANO – Knowledge and Technology Transfer through Patents and Standards” funding programme, successor to the SIGNO programme, companies receive grants for knowledge and technology transfer through patents and standards. The WIPANO programme supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by initially securing their results from research and development with industrial property rights in the funding priority “Enterprise”. Like the previous funding programme SIGNO, the new programme aims to provide financial support for the registration and marketing of industrial property rights (patents and utility models).

At EZN, you can obtain information about the operational value of a patent and receive a concrete “roadmap to a patent” for your individual application. EZN will be your competent partner throughout the entire process related to industrial property rights over a period of 24 months. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We have compiled further information on the WIPANO support programme page.

At a regular information event (see Dates), EZN provides information about the WIPANO funding programme and the application process.



The go-innovativ programme of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) promotes the preparation and implementation of product and technical process innovations. BMWi’s innovation vouchers cover 50 percent of your expenses for external services by companies authorised by the BMWi. Your company only pays its own contribution. As an authorised service company, EZN is your contact for the go-innovativ programme. EZN is responsible for all administrative matters.


Promotion of Entrepreneurial Know-How

EZN is listed with the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) in the programme “Promotion of Entrepreneurial Know-How”.

The “Promotion of Entrepreneurial Know-How”- programme is aimed at companies which have their registered office and business operations or a branch in the Federal Republic of Germany and which comply with the EU definition of small and medium-sized enterprises. Among other things, support is provided for services:

  • on all questions of corporate management
  • and the restoration of performance and competitiveness

The amount of the subsidy is based on the maximum eligible costs (assessment basis) and the location of the company.

Applications are submitted online via the BAFA application platform.



Development and Implementation of an Integrated Patent Management System

The project’s aim is the development of a new process for a user-oriented holistic invention and patent management. With regard to digitisation, a new process is to be developed which should meet the strict requirements for secrecy and security in the invention and patent system. The new system solution can likewise be used for future developments and new improved services. This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.



TEMACON sees itself as a special service offered by EZN for professional innovation projects and international marketing. On the way from the idea to the successful marketing of new products and processes, numerous unavoidable hurdles have to be overcome. In the selection of technology, its timely protection against competitors and imitators, its development and market launch, every single step must be part of a coherent strategy. We support and accompany you so that your technology makes the leap into national and international markets as well and is able to establish itself successfully; everything, so that you too can write an entrepreneurial success story.