The Origin

PatentSight was founded in 2008 by Nils Omland and Prof. Dr. Holger Ernst as a spin-off from the WHU – Otto-Beisheim School of Management. Before founding PatentSight, Nils and Holger had 12 years of academic research and consulting experience in the field of patent valuation and analytics. The pioneering thought leadership of PatentSight’s founding team is expressed in ground-breaking, rewarded and highly-cited scientific publications.

Industry Leadership

PatentSight launched its first Business Intelligence Software in 2012. Our softwaresolution provides unique, reliable and relevant insights into the patent landscape for decision makers and patent experts in the fields of benchmarking, R&D strategy, trendscouting, M&A, licensing and portfolio optimization. 7 of the top chemical firms use PatentSight's analytics platform. Other blue chip clients come from various industries such as health care, automotive, consumer products, telecommunication, logistics, software, engineering, electronics from around the world.


Our team consists of over 50 highly educated individuals specializing in fields such as Business Strategy, Patent Law, Patent Analysis, Computer Science, Web Design and Quality Assurance.  We all share the same passion of providing you with the best patent analytics platform capable of delivering the right information at the right moment.

We thrive on your success, because when you win, we win!

Scientific Leadership

An important milestone in 2009 was the development of the Patent Asset Index™, a new approach to assess patent quality and to benchmark patent portfolios. Patent Asset Index™ was first endorsed by BASF and Dow Chemical. Since then, the Patent Asset Index™ has been adopted by many more firms from various industries. PatentSight continues to conduct cutting-edge research to advance our understanding about best practices, methods and tools in the field of intellectual property valuation, management and analytics.

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Nils Omland

Nils is co-founder and managing director of PatentSight. His interest in IP was sparked when conducting academic research on the profit impact of active IP management and on the evaluation of patents for strategic management. From his research, his extensive work with patent data, as well as his experience as a consultant to large technology companies, led to the formation of PatentSight in 2008. He is a frequent speaker and a co-author of scientific papers in the field of IP as well as a co-author of the EPO’s patent teaching kit.

Björn Ulmer

Björn is managing director of PatentSight. Prior to this he worked several years as a Senior Consultant and Project Manager at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and DHL Consulting, advising Top Management across industries in all kind of strategic questions. In 2012 Björn was asked to rebuild and lead the IP team as Director/Head of Corporate Patent Management of Deutsche Post DHL Group. His key achievements include a newly developed and implemented IP strategy linked to business strategy, an optimized patent portfolio, and out-licensing deals by using the Patent Asset Index™. He joined PatentSight in 2015.

Holger Ernst

Holger is co-founder of PatentSight. He is professor of technology and innovation management at the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management and visiting professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, as well as honorary professor at the Melbourne Business School. He has published more than 50 papers in leading journals in the fields of strategy, innovation and intellectual property. Since his PhD dissertation about the use of patent data for the strategic planning of R&D (published in 1996) he has received multiple awards for his research. Holger advises and speaks to corporations worldwide and serves on the board of several start-ups.

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