The Invention Development Fund at Intellectual Ventures to work on prototypes and
commercialize innovations in cooperation with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institutes
BELLEVUE, Wash. and Munich, Germany— February 18, 2016
The Invention Development
Fund of
Intellectual Ventures (IV) announced today that it has formed a new joint venture with
Germany’s SET Technologies GmbH to develop and commercialize innovations in Germany and
worldwide. The joint venture will engage with the Fraunhofer Institutes and other research
organizations within Germany and the EU to work on applied engineering and product
development. Technical areas of focus will include chemistry, water resources, and food
science. The new joint venture will be called Dovetail Innovation Pool GmbH and will be
headquartered in Chemnitz
“At the Invention Development Fund, we always strive to work with the best partners
worldwide. Having a joint venture in Germany now allows us to work closely with the
Fraunhofer Institutes, one of the world’s premier applied research organizations,” said Chris
Alliegro, Managing Director of the Invention Development Fund at Intellectual Ventures. “By
building new product prototypes and commercialization projects with the Fraunhofer group,
we aim to help further integrate the technical innovations happening in Germany with those of
the rest of the world.”
About the Fraunhofer Institutes
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its
research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout
Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,000, who work with an annual
research budget totaling more than 2.1 billion euros. Of this sum, more than 1.8 billion euros is
generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s
contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed
research projects. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative
companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to
present and future scientific progress and economic development.
About the Invention Development Fund
The Invention Development Fund (IDF) was founded in 2007 as part of Intellectual Ventures.
IDF is a private equity class investment fund with several hundred million dollars under
management and is dedicated to investing in inventions. IDF has more than 75 employees,
including PhDs, product and commercialization experts, business analysts, and licensing
professionals operating worldwide.

IDF also manages a network of thousands of inventors, commercialization and licensing
partners residing at more than 400 companies, institutions, and universities worldwide. For
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About Intellectual Ventures
Intellectual Ventures is a global invention company that helps create a world in which invention
can thrive through the shared commitment to research, collaboration, investment and defense
of inventors’ rights.
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About SET Technology GmbH
SET Technology GmbH, founded in 2007, is a consulting and management company located in
Chemnitz, Germany. SET’s core business focus is on technology transfer. As a collaboration
partner for research and development organizations, SET delivers implementation and
commercialization services. SET offers business development to industrial partners and
companies based on new innovations and network opportunities.
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