Who we are


Our vision:


We are the federal government’s first point of contact for intellectual property matters.

  • We contribute significantly to Switzerland’s access to appropriate and economically sound protection of intellectual property.
  • We efficiently provide innovative and user-oriented services.
  • We are actively involved in shaping international developments in intellectual property.
  • We use our entrepreneurial freedom.
  • We network within Switzerland and internationally to maximise the added value for the users.





Therefore we pursue the following strategic goals: 


  • We examine, grant and administer intellectual property rights. In so doing, we must ensure that they conform to international IP rights systems. However, we must also ensure that our national system functions autonomously. We safeguard the needs of users of the IP rights system as well as the interests of those affected and the general public.

  • Our procedures should be simple, transparent, swift and as inexpensive as possible. Our decisions should be lawful, appropriate, homogeneous and therefore as predictable as possible.

  • When advising the political instances, preparing legislation, and representing Switzerland at international level, we ensure an appropriate and effective protection of intellectual property at national and international level.

  • This protection takes into account the diverse interests of research and development, the economy, users of the IP system, creative artists, producers, consumers and others affected by IP rights. Ethical, developmental and environmental aspects also play a role.

  • At international level, Switzerland should be perceived as a competent and reliable partner for intellectual property matters.

  • By providing information, we aim to increase the opportunities available to individuals and businesses for taking advantage of the IP rights system for their own commercial success. This is why we explain the various IP rights systems at national and international level in a user-friendly way, including how they function, how to use them and where to find the necessary information.
  • We also provide further services, namely ip-search trade mark and patent searches. Here, our information mandate extends to areas in which private service providers are active. The purpose, however, is the same.

The users or recipients of our services differ from each other with regard to their respective role within the Swiss economy – but also with regard to their expertise, strengths and their political legitimacy. It is our task to provide services to users that take into account their differing needs and their potential.

As the owner of the IPI, the federal government expects the IPI to be on a solid financial footing (primarily through its reserves, its risk policy and its accounting standards).  Simultaneously, we are expected to reduce costs, increase productivity and – as far as possible and appropriate – keep fees low. The IPI conducts its work in accordance with the principles of Total Quality Management.