/ Created by Gottfried Schüll

Great amount of interest in innovations from North Rhine-Westphalia

C&F informed about the economic importance of intellectual property rights at Hannover Messe

Düsseldorf, 22 April 2015 – After hosting 6,500 exhibitors, more than 220,000 trade visitors and providing numerous business contacts, Hannover Messe drew to a close on 17 April 2015. Thus, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology once again proved the activity and vitality of the economy when it comes to new technologies. This also applies to the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) as an industrial location, which was represented in Hanover at its own pavilion: Here the law firm Cohausz & Florack (C&F) presented 25 inventions from NRW that have shaped the market in recent decades. Inventors and technology enthusiasts were required to let their imagination run free at the C&F competition: They had to guess in which area of everyday life a specific presented invention is used. With its new guidelines, the firm also provided useful advice to visitors on how to deal with intellectual property (IP) rights at trade fairs.

In addition to numerous professionals from the industry, NRW economics minister Garrelt Duin also came to Hannover Messe. During a photo session with C&F he informed himself about the highlights of the NRW exhibition. After five busy days at the fair, Gottfried Schüll, patent attorney and partner at C&F, deemed the fair a huge success: “Interest in the presented inventions from a variety of technology sectors was particularly noticeable. Moreover, many visitors came to us with numerous questions about IP rights. This showed us again the innovative prowess of companies in North Rhine-Westphalia and how much they are investing in obtaining protection for their innovations – an important prerequisite in order to remain competitive and to consolidate their individual market positions.“

What does innovation mean for North Rhine-Westphalia as an industrial location? And how important are property rights for companies based in the federal state? This was at the centre of discussion between NRW economics minister Garrelt Duin (left) and C&F patent attorney Gottfried Schüll (centre) at Hannover Messe.

Photo: Julia Unkel/MWEIMH