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First Aid Buddy

First Aid for legal issues.

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Are you concerned that your product infringes an existing trademark or patent? 

Or, conversely, that someone else is infringing your trademark or patent?

Our tip: don't panic, ask our First Aid Buddies (FAB) and learn more about your rights. 

We can give you legal first aid.

Here you get the basics: Fast, free and completely confidential.

The Advantages at a glance

  • Our FAB Team is just a few clicks away.
  • When it comes to patents, trademarks and designs, we are the first port of call in Austria and our FAB Team is your impartial point of contact.
  • We can give you an initial assessment of your legal options. 
  • You will also receive valuable tips on how to find out yourself which invention or trademarks are protected and therefore potentially infringed.
  • Every consultation is fast, free and 100 % confidential.
  • Whether you want to take action against someone else, or someone is taking action against you (or you fear they might), we will provide you with initial information. 
  • Our FAB Team will give you the basics about your case so that you can make an informed decision about the next steps.


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Please note

Our First Aid Buddies cannot and should not replace the advice of a lawyer or patent attorney.

The Austrian Patent Office assumes no liability for the information provided by First Aid Buddies.

In particularly time-critical cases (e.g. preliminary injunctions or warning letters) and in cases where court proceedings have already been initiated, it is necessary to contact the patent attorney or attorney at law directly.


You are concerned about a potential infringement of your own or a third party's intellectual property rights, i.e. patents, trademarks and designs, or you wish to receive general preventive advice on infringement and enforcement (see scenarios in the enquiry form).

This service is available only to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are defined as companies with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of no more than €50 million or an annual balance sheet total of no more than €43 million.


  • Contact us using our   Online Form
  • Our FAB Team will contact you as soon as possible.
  • After an interview you will receive: 
    • Enforcement information
    • An assessment of your current situation
    • Identification of risks
    • A list of your options
    • Many practical tips

The FAB Team

These are our buddies!

They will answer your legal questions and advise you on your options, free of charge and without commitment. Simply fill out the form and get initial help with your patent, trademark or design legal questions.

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