01 Federal Council adapts copyright law to the digital age
With the revision to the Copyright Act, the Federal Council wants to strengthen the rights and interests of creative artists and the cultural industries by taking a resolute approach to pirated online content. At the same time, it upholds the principle that consumers who take advantage of such illegal offers will not be criminalised. By providing measures that support research and libraries, it also wants to take advantage of the new opportunities that digitalisation has opened up. It approved the corresponding draft act and dispatch at its meeting on 22 November 2017. The draft bill is based on a compromise agreed upon by various stakeholders in a working group set up by the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP). Media release.
02 Swiss design data now available in Designview
As of 20 November 2017, national designs entered in the Swiss design register are also available in Designview. This multilingual and user-friendly search tool is provided by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). More information.
03 A patent database that serves public health
Pat-INFORMED is the name of the most recent initiative which WIPO launched on 3 October 2017 in Geneva at the WIPO annual general meeting in cooperation with the research-based pharmaceutical industry. More information.
Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Deputy Director General