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Are you thinking of applying for a patent? Or do you want to make sure that you are the only person with your idea?

Applying for a patent or other form of legal protection is often a lengthy, costly and time-consuming process. However, if the intention is to license the invention to a company or use it as the basis for a start-up company, a patent is usually a prerequisite. Our patent advisors help to protect your ideas or find out what is already on the market, and offer advice on the patent application process.

Are you publishing your findings?

It might seem as an odd question, but in order to be patented the invention must be new in relation to what is generally available on the day the patent application is submitted. This means that patents cannot be granted for published research findings. Remember to contact us before publishing!


If you are unsure as to whether your idea can and should be protected, you are welcome to book a meeting with one of our patent advisers. They have long experience of how the patent application process works and know how different forms of intellectual property rights can help to create a strong business.

Appart from advice, LU Innovation gives a number of lectures on intellectual property and patents each semester. All lectures are free of charge and are aimed at Lund University researchers. Contact per [dot] mercke [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se (Per Mercke) for more information about our lectures on patenting.

Assessment of Novelty

In order to make important strategic decisions, it is essential to have a clear view of the novelty value of the research findings at an early stage. We can help you to carry out novelty searches in international databases. We offer tips on how best to search and which databases are most relevant. Searches are carried out in order to gain a clearer picture of potential competitors and to ensure that research results are not already known. 

You can investigate whether your idea is new by searching available patent databases. Good, free search services include USPTO, Espacenet (EPO), Patentlens and Google Patent.

Help with Applications and Financial Support

When you draw up your patent application, it is important that it is as complete and clear as possible right from the start, because the possibilities to change the documents afterwards are limited. A complete application should contain:

  • Application form
  • Description of your invention
  • One or more patent claims
  • Abstract
  • Any drawings
  • Patent fee payable to the Patent and Registration Office (PRV)

Here you can see an example of a completed patent application. We can help to draw up your application documents and contact patent offices where necessary.

LU Innovation can also help you to cover the costs of drawing up and registering a first patent application. Contact us for more information on our financial support for patenting.

Contact our patent advisors

We can help you find out what is already on the market, and offer advice on the patent application process.

Per Mercke, 
per [dot] mercke [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 12 67

Fredrik Edman, 
fredrik [dot] edman [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46-222 12 86 


Patents & IPR

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is a collective name for the legal protection of intellectual and immaterial assets.

A patent is, put simply, the sole right to an invention. Inventions are in turn new, technical solutions to problems. 

A patent applies for up to 20 years (for pharmaceuticals 25 years) and in order to be granted patent protection, the idea must be:

  • new
  • significantly different from previous known technology
  • and industrially applicable.

Find out more about patents on the Swedish Patent and Registration Office website.