Patent Law

Who we are - what we do

Research, development, manufacture and distribution of the goods have decisively improved our lives in the last century and especially in the last decades. Success in all areas, be it with the new drugs, the new plastics, agrochemicals, paints and varnishes, fibers up to the new issues of biotechnological production, was not possible without the appropriate commercial legal protection. The core work of the GDCh division, which was founded in 1949, is the promotion of members who work in the fields of patent law, industrial property protection and patent issues. Working conferences, seminars and colloquia serve this purpose.

The former division "Industrial Property Protection" was renamed the division "Patent Law" on 11.11.19 - legitimized by the general meeting and after a reserve resolution of the GDCh board on 18.03.19. The reason is, on the one hand, that the German term "Industrial Property Protection" is rarely used in specialist circles. On the other hand, on the side of non-technical property rights, such as trademarks, no chemical-specific aspects need to be taken into account, so that the division is almost exclusively dealing with technical property rights. Here the term ?patent? is often used as a synonym for the entire class of property rights and is an established term, especially among inventors.

Specialization days / workshops

The division is valued as an educational forum for Patent Law, as a forum for the exchange of experience on patent issues, legislation, case law and official practice. Specialization days and workshops have made a particular contribution to this since its introduction in 1983.

University / further education

Very many chemists who leave the university are not or only little informed about Patent Law . That is why experts from the division impart the appropriate tools and basic knowledge for an activity in commercial legal protection in seminars and lectures for chemists and natural scientists.

It is the express goal of the Board of Directors to provide chemists with the relevant patent law principles at other colleges and universities, emphasizing the chemistry aspect.

Board of Directors 2018 to 2021


Dr. Stefan Horstmann
Merck KGaA, VP Patents B2B, Darmstadt,

Deputy Chairman

Dr. Daniel Steinbusch
Covestro AG, IPR - Intellectual Property Rights,


Dr. Aloys Hüttermann
Michalski & Hüttermann Patentanwälte, Düsseldorf,

GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 - Online

Symposium "Patenting at Universities and Start-Ups", Tue, August 31, 2.10 - 4.45 p.m.,

General meeting

Tue, August 31, 4:45 p.m. - further information will follow

University Innovation Award - NEW

The prize is awarded for successfully used university inventions in chemistry / life science.

Brochure "How do you read patents?"

Brochure German

Brochure english

German print version
to order

Print version english not available

Training PAT

Current training courses for 2021 can be found here

Workshop "Industry 4.0 and Intellectual Property" 2019

Follow-up report
Conference homepage


Rules of Procedure


GDCh headquarters
Dipl.-Biol. Nicole Bürger
Tel .: +49 69 7917-231

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