Fundamentals of Patent and Utility Model Law



Daniel Sallach

Research Associate


+49 241 80 48069




The lecture and the exercises take place in the winter semester.



Consultation-hours by appointment. Please contact us.



The lecture procures information about German patent law and registered design rights. Students achieve knowledge in assignation, virtue and enforcement of patents and utility models. Other points of focus lie in employee invention and license agreement.

The lecture is addressed to engineers confronted with questions regarding industrial property protection in their careers. It provides basics to get along with different kinds of patents in everyday life. The exercise affords the opportunity to deepen the content of practical relevant cases by means of lecture and discussion.



The following topics are dealt with:

  • Fundamentals of Industrial Property Protection
  • Application and Assignation of Patent
  • Content, Virtue and Enforcement of Patent
  • Registered Design Rights
  • Laws regarding License Contract
  • Employee Invention

Teaching and learning portal

Complementary lecture and exercise documents as well as older exams for exam preparation can be found
at RWTHmoodle.

Complementary documents are also available at RWTHonline.



Please keep further notices on the exam in mind.



  Name Contact
Matthias Rößler
Tel.: +49 211 9763560
Professional experience Patentanwaltskanzlei KNH Associate - Patent law 2 years
Partner - Patent law 14 years
Current position karo IP Patentanwälte (Düsseldorf, München) Founder and Acting Partner -

Supporting many startups, mid-sized companies and corporations in industrial property law from all regions of the world; Dispute resolution and proceedings;

International protective right granting procedures, in particular Europe, China, USA and Japan.
since 3 years
Team size 11 Patent attorneys | 1 Patent engineer | 13 Secretariat etc.
Awards The World's Leading IP Strategists, (IP Management Consultancy, Legal) in 2020
Best Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law in Germany, IAM Patent 1000