Introduction The primary aim of a defensive patent strategy is to prevent the patents of other companies from being infringed. There are various reasons for opting for a more passive stance with regard to the handling of intellectual property.

The environment of a tech start-up In most cases, tech start-ups have to assert themselves against established companies. As a rule, these companies have extensive patent portfolios. In addition, they continuously apply for many patents. The following graphic from the DPMA illustrates this as an example

Nowadays you can stumble across package deals for patent applications on the web. Prices of less than €1000 are often advertised. However, this is only part of the actual patent costs. Here are some basic facts that every applicant should know. 
The world's first patent was granted for an application in logistics and one of the largest companies in Germany for mobility solutions applied for protection for its technology as early as 1886.

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