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This is the portal for professionals working in the field of intellectual property. Here you'll find direct access to all necessary resources.
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- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
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Frequently asked questions
Are there documents regarding Einstein’s period at the federal patent office?eistiges Eigentum?
What kind of information about Einstein is available at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE)?
Is there a list of the patents Einstein examined?
We can assume that the following patents were personally examined by Einstein (unfortunately, more exact details aren’t available):
- Pat.-Nr. 39561 (pdf): Gravel sorter
- Pat.-Nr. 39619 (pdf): Meteorological station controlled by ambient humidity
- Pat.-Nr. 39853 (pdf): Electrical typewriter with shuttle-type carrier
- Supplementary-Pat.-Nr. 39988 (pdf) (to main patent Nr. 38853):
Alternative-current commentator motor with short-circuit brushes and opposite-mounted auxiliary coils for spark suppression
When was the IGE established and under which names has it existed?
The IGE was established November, 15 1888. Its official names have been:
1888 to 1979 – Federal Office for Intellectual Property
1979 to 1996 – Federal Intellectual Property Agency
and, as of January 1, 1996 – Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (statutory federal institute with independent legal status)
What are the former addresses of the IGE?
- 1888 – 1893 The former institute for the blind in the Lorraine quarter, Bern
- 1893 – 1907 The federal telegraph building on the Speichergasse, Bern (Haus der Kantone today):
- 1921 – 1931 An office barrack constructed during the World War I in the Spitalacker quarter, Bern
- 1931 – 1960 The Kirchenfeld quarter, Bern (location of the Swiss National Library today)
- 1960 – 2007 Einsteinstrasse 2 (formerly called Eschmannstrasse)
- June 2007 – present, Business Park Bern, 65 Stauffacherstrasse, in the Wankdorf Qarter of Bern.
When was Einstein employed at the federal patent office?
Einstein was hired as a technical assistant, level III on June 23, 1902. He earned 3,500 francs per year. When he was promoted to technical assistant, level II on March 10, 1906, his salary increased to 4,500 francs per year. On July 16, 1909 he handed in his resignation and began a position as Professor Extraordinary in theoretical physics at the University of Zurich.
Is it possible to visit where Einstein worked on the Spiechergasse?
The building on the Speichergasse is currently used by Swisscom. Einstein's former office has been remodelled. There is nothing to remind us of the famous patent clerk who worked there. The entrance to the building is not public. Einstein's desk in the house at 49 Kramgasse, where he lived from 1903 to 1905, can be visited.
Where can I find out more about Albert Einstein and his days in Bern?
There is a vast amount of information available on the internet. The following websites have interesting facts about Einstein’s Bern period:
- Swiss National Library containing the private collection of Max Flückiger on Einstein
Where can I find Einstein’s complete biography?
What is the difference between the patent office and the Federal Office of Intellectual Property, and where was Einstein employed?
Einstein was actually employed at the Federal Office of Intellectual Property, which used to be casually referred to as 'the patent office.' In fact, what is referred to as the IPI today, is responsible for all federal matters concerning patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights in Switzerland and it is involved in these areas internationally as well.
09.02.2023 | Patents
“A competitor wanted to intimidate us”
19.01.2023 | Law and policy, Event
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"