WIPANO funding program: Launched in 2016 by the
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the WIPANO
program supports universities, non-university research institutes as
well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in securing and
protecting their intellectual property rights (IPR) and economic
exploiting these IPR by involving competent tech transfer offices, such
BayPAT advises and supports SMEs under the BMWi’s WIPANO funding program
advises SMEs on all matters relating to the protection and the
subsequent commercialization of their inventions. The services are
provided under the BMWi’s WIPANO funding program.
In addition to academic research institutes, access to the WIPANO program is open for all industrial SMEs and professionals with a background in the technical and scientific sectors, having their main place of business in Germany and which fulfil the criteria to be a valid SME, according to the applicable EU Directives (i.e., fewer than 250 employees, annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million or balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million).
One additional criterion is
that the applicant must not have applied for a patent or utility model
during the past 5 years and must not have already started their project
(e.g., given orders to an advisor or a patent attorney about the
invention in question).
What is supported?
The roadmap to a commercialized patent consists of the following service packages (SPs):
- SP 1: General review of the invention (maximum EUR 375)
- SP 2: Detailed examination of the invention (maximum EUR 1,200)
- SP 3: (Strategic) counseling and coordination for a patent application (maximum EUR 2,000)
- SP 4: Patent application (official charges and expenses for patent attorneys) (maximum EUR 10,000)
- SP 5: Commercialization activities for the invention (maximum EUR 3,000)
funding will be granted by way of non-refundable share-based financing.
The grant amounts to 50% of eligible expenditures and is subject to a
total upper limit of EUR 16,575. The funding period is limited to 24
Applicants are advised to use the "easy-online" electronic application system.
BayPAT can provide advice and support for the application process.