patent law

Who we are - What we do

Research, development, production and distribution of goods have significantly improved our lives in the last century and especially in the last decades. Success in all areas, be it new medicines, new plastics, agrochemicals, paints and varnishes, fibers and even the new issues of biotechnological production, was not possible without the appropriate intellectual property protection. The core work of the GDCh Division , which was founded in 1949, is the promotion of members active in the areas of patent law, industrial property rights and patent issues. Work conferences, seminars and colloquia serve this purpose.


The former “ industrial property protection ” Division was renamed the “ patent law ” specialist Division on November 11th, 2019 - legitimized by the General Assembly and following a preliminary decision by the GDCh board on March 18th, 2019. The reason is, on the one hand, that the German term “ industrial property protection” is hardly used in specialist circles anymore. And, on the other hand, there are no chemical-specific aspects to be taken into account on the non-technical property rights side, such as trademarks, so that the Division focuses almost exclusively on it concerned with technical property rights. Here the term “patent” is often used as a synonym for the entire type of property rights and is an established term, especially in inventor circles.

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Symposiums / workshops / specialization days

The Division is valued as an educational forum for patent law, as a forum for the exchange of experiences on patent issues, legislation, case law and official practice. Specialization days, symposiums and workshops have made a particular contribution to this since their 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 working 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 fundamentals at other colleges and universities, emphasizing the chemistry aspect.

Innovation Award of the FG patent law

The prize is awarded for inventions that have been successfully exploited at universities and research institutes
in chemistry / life science.

Brochure "How to read patents?"

Brochure German

Brochure english

Print version German

German print version not available

PAT training

You can find current training courses here.




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

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