Individual licensing agreements allow industry to obtain the rights of use to the research results of Forschungszentrum Jülich in the form of protective rights, copyrights and know-how. This enables companies to gain a competitive edge in the market or to open up new markets. Industry and commerce make use of nearly 30 % of the patents held by Forschungszentrum Jülich through licensing agreements. In 2012, income from licences was roughly € 1.12 million. Technology Transfer offers advice and support on an individual basis for potential licence holders and interested companies.