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Patent Voucher

If you don't have enough funds to patent your invention then a promotion via the FFG is right for you.

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Patent Voucher

In the main the success of a technological startup is dependent on two factors: the creativeness of its invention and the marketing of the same. The Patent Voucher is a support of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and provides simple access to protection of your invention. shows you step-by-step how to obtain this voucher. The voucher covers 80% of a patent application’s accruing costs. Additionally, you receive the assistance of a team of experts. This saves both time and money and enables you to gain confidence in dealing with your intellectual property. The team of experts provides concrete answers to such questions as: is patent protection principally feasible in my case or what protection rights already exist in a particular technological field? In short, the Patent Voucher supplies the necessary tools for entering the national and international markets. 

A General View of the Advantages

  • By means of a few clicks you can apply for a Patent Voucher
  • A team of experts’ support. The skills of the FFG, Austrian Patent Office and patent agents
    are at your service
  • Whether your invention is principally patentable is determined within a very short while
  • A customized patent search in cooperation with an expert in your technical field
  • Support right up to the procedural stages of national and international patent application
  • 80% of the costs are absorbed by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology in cooperation with FTE Nationalstiftung. The maximum subsidy is EUR 10,000.


You must either be an Austrian technological startup, a small or medium-sized enterprise or an individual that can credibly demonstrate a concrete intention to commercially utilize the undertaking (e.g. company being established, under care of diverse support initiatives, AplusB-Centers) In any case, the commercial aspects and activities must predominate.

The invention must not have been published yet - even a sale counts as publication.

Regarding small to medium-sized enterprises: these must have a staff of less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of no more than EUR 50 million resp. the sum of the annual budget must not exceed EUR 43 million.

Procedure in Detail

  1. Start-ups and SMEs apply for the Patent Coucher via the online form at
  2. The Patent Voucher will be made out to you within a few weeks. You will receive around EUR 1,300.
  3. This allows them to order online "custom searches" at the Austrian Patent Office directly in the FFGs e-call system.
  4. This is followed by an informational call from the patent experts, who prepare a search. In the second interview, the search results are presented.
  5. You now know whether a patent application makes sense or not. If not, you can devise other protective strategies with the experts in charge.
  6. National patent application. The patent expert assists you right up to the actual application procedure. The costs for this can be settled by means of the Patent Voucher.
  7. Internationalization. Expert support is provided for the international PCT application. The costs may likewise be settled by means of the Patent Voucher.

Please note!

  • The maximum subsidy is EUR 10,000 (subsidy rate: 80 %); 20%, i.e. a maximum of EUR 2,500, is the contribution of the subsidized companies.
  • Only patents can be funded with the Patent Voucher. Other protection rights, such as utility model, trademark or design protection cannot be covered with the Patent Voucher.

More details about the patent application and the procedure can be found in our WIKI & FAQs or at the info sheets.

As this is a service governed by private law our terms and conditions of conducting business according to obtain.

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