On-site research in Public Reading Room

In PATON’s Public Reading Room (Leibnizbau 4190), you can carry out your own research in the fields of patents, utility models, trademarks and designs. After a short instruction by a PATON staff member, you can use the professional research systems free of charge.

We are glad to support you in your research into protection rights for patents and information about their legal status.

When searching economic, company-related and product information, you have access to both literature and standard databases.

Feel free to attend our introductory seminars on research work in specialized databases.


Guided research

Use our research know-how and benefit from our experience in dealing with patent, trademark and design databases.

We consider and answer your questions regarding industrial property rights, you then work with an experienced researcher and develop a strategy for your research in professional systems concerned with patents, trademarks and designs. Together we sift through the first search results and perform a prior assessment. You add your technical knowledge and allow for efficient research work and review of the results.

Search results are provided in a clearly-arranged form as an Excel or pdf file, including up to 100 full texts.

You can make use of this fee-based offer as either an in-house consultation or in the Research Room. A prior appointment is required.

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Business hours

Appointments are currently only available by telephone! Currently, we provide consultations virtually via Webex.

Monday09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday09:00 - 15:00
Thursday09:00 - 15:00
Fridayclosed, if necessary by arrangement

Further dates on request! Please call us!

The consulting services on patents and trademarks and the supervised own searches in PATON can currently only be carried out for individuals by prior appointment.

According to the currently valid infection protection concept of the TU Ilmenau, the hygiene regulations according to § 4 CorMaßVO, in particular regarding the covering of the mouth and nose, the prevention of accumulations, hand hygiene and the tracing of infection chains, must be observed.

We offer appointments under 03677/694511 or 03677/694572 and are happy to answer your questions.


No time?

You don't have the time or experience to carry out research on your own?

We will do the work for you!

Order the research from our department. We will be happy to prepare a quote for you free of charge.



Frau Andrea Otto
Leibnizbau Zi. 4190
49 (0)3677 69 4597
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Mrs. Bettina Schmidt
Leibnizbau | Room 4200
49 (0)3677 69 4595
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