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The Contract Office at the Center for Technology Transfer (ZFT) helps you to prepare research contracts with industry partners by providing you legal advice and assistance in structuring and concluding the contract. The support focuses on questions concerning intellectual property rights and the implementation of the University of Freiburg’s IPR-Policy.

If you are preparing a contract involving research funding from the European Union, please contact the EU-Office, and if it is in the field of medicine, please consult the EU Department at the Faculty of Medicine. For research contracts with public institutions at the national and international level (except for the EU and except for medicine), including any necessary collateral contracts, please contact the Legal Advice Office.

Contracts for the university with third parties can only be concluded by persons authorized to do so and therefore require a legally binding signature. For research contracts with industrial partners, Prof. Bernhard Arnolds, director of the ZFT/ ITO, has been granted the authority to sign such contracts by the rector and by the commercial director of the Medical Center – University of Freiburg.

Please determine whether the planned research project is based on an invention. In this case, please contact the ZFT’s Patent Office before approaching a third party with the idea or invention. Every “disclosure” of an invention made before a patent application has been filed is detrimental to the novelty of the invention and prevents the inventor from being granted property rights to it.


Vice-President for Research and Innovation
Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing