For IP professionals
This is the portal for professionals working in the field of intellectual property. Here you'll find direct access to all necessary resources.
- Trade Mark Database
- Register changes for trade marks
- Madrid Monitor
- International trade mark registration
- Trade Mark Guidelines (German, French, Italian)
- Classification tool for trade marks
- Trade mark examination support tool
- Trade marks: Costs and fees
- Trade marks: WIPO fee calculator
- Cancellation procedure for trade marks on the grounds of non-use
- Protected public signs: Abbreviations
- Protected public signs: Other signs (emblems)
- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
- Trade marks: News Service Archive
- Patents: Patent Examination Guidelines (German, French)
- Patents: Fees
What we do
1. The IPI examines, grants and administers IP rights
The IPI is the first point of contact for its customers concerning industrial IP rights (trade marks, patents and designs) in Switzerland. This also applies to applications for relevant international IP rights. The IPI examines Swiss national applications and grants and administers industrial IP rights. These tasks are regulated in the special legislation on intellectual property (trade mark, patent and design laws).
It also becomes actively involved whenever the interests of the Swiss Confederation are affected, in particular when the Swiss coat of arms and/or the Swiss cross is suspected of being misused.
2. The IPI conducts searches and provides information about intellectual property
Important information is contained in IP rights, information that can be used by businesses at favourable conditions and for their own benefit. The IPI also provides a diverse range of search services. The range of search services includes an assisted patent search for beginners, complex patent infringement searches, simple trade mark searches and tailor-made trade mark monitoring.
The information services of the IPI contribute to society’s awareness of the features and uses of intellectual property, and promote respect for the intellectual property of third parties. The tasks of the IPI also include informing companies about how they can use the IP rights system and the possibilities available to them for their commercial success. The IPI conducts training, courses and seminars, and cooperates with Swiss schools of higher education.
3. The IPI supervises the collective rights management organisations
The management of copyright by individual rights owners is often neither possible nor feasible. In these instances, the collective rights management organisations play an important intermediary role.
They need approval from the IPI for the exercise of their activities. The IPI, along with the Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Copyrights and Related Rights (FACO), is also responsible for the supervision of the collective rights management organisations.
4. The IPI − the “federal government’s attorney’s office” for intellectual property
The IPI advises the Federal Council and Parliament on all intellectual property matters. It is responsible for preparing legislation about patents, designs, trade marks and indications of source, coats of arms and other official signs, copyright and related rights as well as about the organisation of the IPI. It represents Switzerland in the relevant international organisations as well as in negotiations on intellectual property with other countries. It is commissioned by other federal agencies, or acts on its own initiative, to support project countries in the development of their intellectual property rights systems.
24.05.2023 | Media release, Copyright
Online service providers are to remunerate use of journalistic works
26.04.2023 | Media release, Law and policy
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
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"