Patents and Licenses

Ideas and inventions developed by the Technical University Munich (TUM) are key contributors to technological and social progress. The department for Technology Transfer of the TUM ForTe Office for Research and Innovation establishes ties between the industry and researchers from TUM.

A vital part of these activities is the commercialization of ideas and inventions developed by TUM researchers, which is managed according to the TUM IP policy. In most cases, the commercialization is executed alongside an exploitation partner who further fosters the integration of the technology and/or develops a new product, procedure, service, process or tool.

TUM Patents and Licenses actively markets technologies in many different fields and is responsible for the negotiation of contracts (confidentiality clause, options and licensing as well as takeover agreements) on behalf of the TUM. Current technologies available for commercialization can be viewed here. TUM Patents and Licenses welcomes any enquiry or discussion with interested parties.


We provide the following services to all TUM members who intend to apply for a patent for an interesting idea, a project at developmental stage, or a finished product:

Within the framework of collaboration of Bavarian universities and Bayerische Patentallianz GmbH, we provide:

  • Free assessment of your invention in terms of patentability and patent merit requirements
  • Free filing of a patent application by TUM if the invention is considered patentable
  • Financing, coordination and monitoring of the patenting process
  • Commercialization of the invention/the patent in collaboration with the inventor and "Bayerische Patentallianz"

The royalty proceeds will be split between the inventor, TUM, the TUM department/institute concerned, and "Bayerischen Patentallianz". Pursuant to section 42 of the German Employees’ Inventions Act, the inventor will receive 30% of the gross commercialization income.

Please don't hesitate to approach one of our contact persons according to the following assignment table: