Frequently Asked Questions

What is a patent?

A patent is an industrial property right issued by a national or international patent office giving the owner the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling their invention in the concerned country or countries. In exchange for this grant, the inventors have to disclose their invention to the public in the form of the published patent application.

How do I apply for a patent?

Please contact your national or a regional patent office. You can find a list under . In case there is no Patent Office mentioned for your country, please contact your national Department or Ministry of Trade and Industry.

When will I be notified about the status of my submission?

The review and evaluation process could take several months. When the review and evaluation is complete you will receive notification via email on the status of your submission. This can either be:

  • There is a potential business fit and we would like to proceed with further evaluation.

  • There is a potential business fit, however, we require more information.

  • There is unfortunately no business fit.

Will Henkel give reasons for non-interest in a submitted idea?

Please understand that we will not share this information with you.

What is the benefit for independent inventors to submit an patented idea to Henkel?

Henkel offers the inventors an ideal platform to expose their ideas to those who can promote them the best: the executives from a leading consumer goods company.

For which product categories do you collect patented ideas?

We collect ideas for all globally operating business sectors of Henkel:

  • Laundry & Home Care,

  • Cosmetics/Toiletries and

  • Adhesive Technologies.

Please find more information here.