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ipal GmbH. (3/21/13). "Press Release: 2012 ipal’s Most Successful Year to Date. ipal Doubles Revenues and Reduces Costs".

Region Region Berlin
  Country Germany
Organisations Organisation Ipal Gesellschaft für Patentverwertung mbH
  Group Berlin (govt region)
  Organisation 2 Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin)
Products Product IP services
  Product 2 semiconductor

As a result of ten years of patent commercialization for Berlin's universities, ipal looks back on its most successful year to date. In 2012, the revenues from the commercialization of intellectual property rights increased to €1.16 m compared to €0.5 m in 2011, which implies an increase of 135 percent. Through new agreements the company generated €1.05 m, including a patent sale for an semiconductor invention from TU Berlin, which generated €0.89 m, and a license agreement with Vattenfall concerning an absorption cooling technology from TU Berlin.

In 2012, the company evaluated 153 inventions and filed 65 priority patent applications. As per December 31, 2012, ipal's patent portfolio contained 272 technologies from all fields of academic research (2011: 232) corresponding to an increase of 17 percent.

The companies' total revenue increased at ten percent to €3.34 m compared to €3.05 m in 2011. Despite the fact that the commercialization portfolio increased at 14 percent, expenses for commercialization activities remained on the same level. Project costs could be reduced by 13 percent compared to 2011 and by 26 percent since 2010. Productivity had been further increased by 21 percent compared to the previous year and by 39 percent compared to 2010 growing to 13.6 projects per headcount.

"The positive development of the revenues and the project costs encourages and motivates us in our work. I thank all our employees, who are doing a great job in face of the challenging environment." said Dr. Dirk Dantz, CEO at ipal. "Altogether we are well prepared for our future assignments. Although we could double the licensing revenues compared to the previous year, agreements with this dimension remain an exception. Quite some perseverance and long-term secured financing are necessary in order to make technology transfer successful."

"Remarkable things have been achieved in Berlin. The results are impressive and prove that ipal has acquired a great deal of know-how within the last few years which has rendered them very successful in the technology transfer field.", confirmed Alfred Schillert, Chairman of the Board at Technologie Allianz, the German technology transfer agency network.

Since the start of operations in 2002, ipal has evaluated a total of 1.658 inventions from Berlin's universities and further non-academic research institutes, of which 564 have led to the filing of priority patent applications. The company negotiated 127 license and patent sales agreements, which have generated a total of €3.5 m to date.

Record changed: 2017-04-02


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