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The success of your business is built on innovations. Innovations are the basis and the driving force of every economic system.
Granting intellectual property rights to your innovations is the task of the Austrian Patent Office, the central authority for industrial property law in Austria. Successful concepts and technical developments ‘invite’ imitations. Temporary intellectual property rights with a monopoly nature help with this. The Austrian Patent Office effectively provides you with security and, as the national competence centre, safeguards your legitimate interests. Patents, protection certificates and utility models protect your inventions, while registrations protect your trademarks and designs.

Your competence centre

Such a concentrated amount of expertise relating to industrial property law cannot be found anywhere else in Austria. In the Patent Office, over 200 experts are responsible for protecting the inventions, designs and trademarks of Austrian businesses. They examine each individual case in compliance with the strictest quality criteria and provide your products with the best possible protection.

As a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) authority, the Austrian Patent Office is one of the best centres for the protection of intellectual property in the world, and has been since 1979. In our role as an International Searching and Examining Authority, we create over 1000 international search reports each year.

Management: Dr. Stefan Harasek (interim)

Stefan Harasek has become interim President of the Austrian Patent Office (ÖPA) since July 2023 - in parallel to his function as Vice President for Inventions. Harasek started his work for the ÖPA in 2004 as a patent examiner, built up the staff unit Strategy of the ÖPA and helped to shape the orientation of the ÖPA in his function as a board member of this staff unit since 2016. In 2022, he was appointed vice president for inventions.

He was a technical member of the former Supreme Patent and Trademark Senate. Since its dissolution, he has been an expert lay judge in patent cases at the Supreme Court.

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