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Patent Scan

Are you a student, just starting your final project (your master’s or diploma project or dissertation)? “Pimp your project” with information from over 100 million (!) patent documents, and create something unique.

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Patent Scan for students

What can the Patent Scan do for me?

  • It provides an overview of already protected inventions in your technical field
  • It provides an introduction to “the language of patents”
  • It provides a starting point for your own patent – which might just already be contained in your final project

Who can get a Patent Scan?

  • Students who
  • have just started their final project with technical focus
  • and who can present confirmation of this from their institution

The Austrian Patent Office offers this service to 200 students working on their final projects.
Be one of them!

How does the process work?

For the Patent Scan, our experts require a brief description of the technical statement of task or special aspects thereof. Remember: the more specific you can be in defining and formulating your field of technology, the more relevant the patent documents we can select for you. After a worldwide search of the patent literature, you will get written feedback – perhaps you are already heading for a new patent! You also get a comprehensive overview of the patent literature and at the same time you are starting to learn the “language of patents”.

Please note:

The Patent Scan only works if you provide a technical statement of task; we cannot carry out searches for you on generally non patentable items (e.g. software) or economic aspects (e.g. business methods). Your application for the Patent Scan must be submitted not later than three months after the start of your master’s or diploma project and twelve months after the start of your dissertation.


This service costs you precisely nothing!


In about 4 months you will have your Patent Scan and you can use it to "pimp" your final project!

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