Unilever and Dennemeyer partner to achieve optimised patent portfolio management

Published on: 03 September 2014

Dennemeyer is pleased to announce the signing of a collaboration agreement with Unilever plc, one of the world's leading, fast moving consumer goods companies headquartered in London (UK) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Unilever is a leading supplier of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Over half of the company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013) and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. The Unilever portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more. 

With a strong focus on innovation, Unilever currently has a network of R&D centres spread around the world (UK, Netherlands, US, China and India) employing over 6,000 people. Unilever’s patent portfolio includes over 20,000 registered patents and patent applications.

The Group has appointed Dennemeyer to manage the patent and design annuity payments for their entire portfolio. In addition, Unilever will also be using Dennemeyer’s patent management software - DIAMS iQ - which will be administered by Unilever through their various offices globally.

As part of the implementation process, various software features will be customised and others added by Dennemeyer’s DIAMS iQ Implementation Team to meet Unilever’s needs. This includes a foreign filing module allowing Unilever to work with reduced manpower and therefore saving costs on all their PCT nationalisations.

Mr. Tiem Reijns, Senior Patent Attorney at Unilever, noted:

From the outset we had a clear idea of our requirements: a state of the art, intuitive and secure asset management software solution to manage our IP in-house and a provider who had the reputation and experience to reliably service our patent annuity payments. Dennemeyer has proven more than capable of fulfilling all our needs. Not only are they a professional and flexible working partner, but they have gone the extra mile to meet our extremely tight schedule. DIAMS iQ’s mix of key features coupled with the additional add-ons that Dennemeyer will develop for us mean we feel safe in the knowledge we have chosen the right solution and it’s exciting to imagine the positive impact DIAMS iQ will have on our team’s efficiency.”

Dr. Robert Fichter, Head of IT at Dennemeyer IP Solutions, commented:

We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Unilever for one of Dennemeyer’s most comprehensive DIAMS iQ installation and customization projects so far. At the end of the project not only will we have developed a system that is ideal for Unilever’s needs, but we will also be able to swiftly implement the same functions for other clients also interested in these features.”