Top research in Bavaria – protecting intellectual property Bavaria has the record for the most patent registrations throughout Germany – an unmistakeable sign of the top research being conducted in the state. Weiterlesen
Top research in Bavaria – protecting intellectual property Bavaria has the record for the most patent registrations throughout Germany – an unmistakeable sign of the top research being conducted in the state. Weiterlesen

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Digital research expertise in Bavaria

The fact that Munich was appointed as the Top ICT Hub in Europe by the European Commission is not without good reason – companies, start-ups and, last but not least, the numerous research institutes in Bavaria cover the relevant disciplines for the digital transformation. The research centre of Bavaria integrates the development labs of many companies,  universities and universities of applied science, technology clusters and scientific institutes, such as the Fraunhofer Institute, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Leibniz-Gesellschaft and Helmholtz Zentrum. Together, they create a climate where research and development can grow free from economic constraints. As a result, the brightest minds find the necessary freedom to refine their ideas at this location. Working together with companies from all application industries also increases the potential for cross-industry innovations and creates unique, interdisciplinary collaborations.

Strengthening digitalisation in all industries

Excellent research and education institutions are also a requirement to form hubs – three hot spots have already been awarded for promising technologies in Bavaria as part of the government’s Digital Hub initiative: the UnternehmerTUM Mobility Hub, the InsurTech Hub in Munich and the Medical Valley E-Health Hub in the Nuremberg metropolitan region. And because research is not just restricted to universities, all digitalisation stakeholders benefit from various funding programmes in Bavaria. Universities of applied science are therefore an important innovation driver with an annual research budget of roughly 1.5 billion euro, but founders of SMEs also have further development options open to them with the Bayerische Technologieförder-Programm (BayTP - Bavarian Technology Funding Programme). Regardless of the size of the company, the state also supports innovations from promising industries, for example in the “Information and Communication Technology” or “Electronic Systems” R&D programmes.

Investments in future research

One key player in scientific and industry-oriented research is Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern,  which is aimed at strengthening cooperation between business and science and Bavarian expertise. The centre pools these strengths in different themed platforms in six key areas: connected mobility, cybersecurity, digital engineering & production, digital health/medicine, digitalisation in the energy sector as well as in education, science and culture. The centre is going to be extended as part of the Bayern Digital II  investment offensive. The programme is also planning new study courses in the digital fields of the future focusing on artificial intelligence and 3D printing.

15,867 patent applications were recorded in Bavaria in 2016 by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office.

Making the state the national record holder for patent applications based on technical and inventive activities, which are also suitable for industrial application. The most important fields of technology are transport, electrical energy and machine elements.