Start-up Training for Entrepreneurs

How to protect my Intellectual Property Rights business?

One of the most important questions regarding the establishment of a business venture is the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) of the start-up activities and the expansion phases. In light of the enthusiasm of developing new products and/or services, this aspect is often not treated with the highest priority. However, the role of IPRs should not be underestimated in the knowledge society. More and more added value of leading enterprises is within intellectual property rights. Also start-up companies should reflect this aspect during their very first entrepreneurial steps.

The complete training is a free service of the organisers EIT Digital

The following themes will be addressed:

  • Role and nature of IPRs and importance for enterprises
  • Special role of IPRs for start-up companies
  • Types of IPRs – Overview and some specifics
  • Freedom to operate and valuation of IPR

Your benefit from the seminar

In this seminar, the role and importance of a clear IPR strategy for entrepreneurial activities will be discusses. Participants will get an overview of the different types of IPR to include this aspect into their enterprise strategy. Different types of IPR protection will be discussed. Additionally, participants will gain insights into different filing strategies and the importance of ‘Freedom to Operate’ aspects.


Besides providing theoretical knowledge regarding intellectual property rights, concrete real-life examples will be used to illustrate strategic IPR management. Current challenges faced by the participants will also be taken into consideration for the analysis of different IPR options. As an additional module, participants will be given the chance to discuss their specific cases.


Software-Cluster-Koordinierungsstelle (Room 5.3.01)
Mornewegstrasse 32, in 64293 Darmstadt



Time Agenda items

09:30     Welcome and Introduction by Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Kniejski (EIT Digital BDA)

09:45     Role of IP for start-ups and enterprisesby Rüdiger Spies, LL.M., LifeTech IP  // Spies Danner & Partners

11:00Coffee Break

11:30Overview of Intellectual Property and Specifics to special IPRs 


14:00Freedom to Operate Analysis and Filing strategies for patents

15:30Coffee Break

16:00Group discussion of specific case studies

18:00Buffet dinner and “Get together”Networking

19.30End of event

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