Corporate structure

Shareholder structure of the TLB GmbH

The shareholders of Technologie-Lizenz-Büro (TLB) der Baden-Württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH are:

University of Stuttgart, University of Constance, University of Hohenheim, University of Ulm, University of Mannheim, University of Constance, University of Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg Foundation



The Business Model

Technologie-Lizenz-Büro (TLB) der Baden-Württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH works for universities and colleges throughout Baden-Württemberg as well as for the Baden-Württemberg Foundation.

As a service provider for the universities and colleges, TLB is a "full-service provider" for life science and physical science.

The service packages include: Evaluation of an invention disclosure, patent application, patent management and portfolio maintenance, technology exploitation activities and a modular service model.

Services are generally invoiced on a time basis. TLB GmbH receives a commission in the event of successful exploitation. In the case of exploitation for a fixed amount, the commission is higher.


The Technologie-Lizenz-Büro (TLB) der Baden-Württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH, founded in 1998, emerged from a pilot project at the University of Karlsruhe that dates back to 1987. On 19 August 1998, the "Patent and Licensing Consultancy", which was then based at the University of Karlsruhe, became a GmbH. With 23 years as a GmbH, TLB is one of the German patent exploitation agencies that have been on the market the longest and were founded well before the BMBF exploitation offensive of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The private-law organisational form as a GmbH was the advance towards professional exploitation, which became the model for subsequent patent exploitation agencies.

TLB GmbH started in August 1998 with five employees. The guarantor of success over the years has been the dedicated and competent staff, who contribute their expertise from different fields of science to the TLB pool of experience. Almost 400 active exploitation projects are currently being supervised by the innovation managers of TLB GmbH. TLB has been able to generate more than 23 million euros in revenue from patent exploitation for universities and colleges over the past 23 years - a top position in Germany.

TLB has repeatedly set trends in the field of patent exploitation in recent years. Thus, the current managing director - Dr.-Ing. Hubert Siller - also wants to continue the proven course, but also react to the new challenges such as "Industry 4.0." or the topic of patent infringements. In the future, the area of business development will be further expanded and given an international orientation. Technology-oriented start-ups are also to be increasingly initiated and supported. Thanks to the high level of staff stability and the interdisciplinary orientation, Managing Director Siller believes that TLB GmbH is well positioned for future challenges.