The workshops took place in Lugano and Bern as part of the semi-final of the competition. In Lugano, the patent expert Sibilla Delorenzi informed young competitors about ways to protect their project work and about intellectual property (IP) in general. Meanwhile, in Bern, the patent expert Christian Moser spoke to some of the other semi-finalists.
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The semi-finalists in the 58th national Swiss Youth in Science competition discovered the world of intellectual property in workshops run by the IPI on 20 January.
In the workshop in Bern, the participants learned the differences between trade marks, patents, designs and copyright. This was followed by a quiz in which they had to match a LEGO brick, a Coca-Cola bottle and an iPhone with the applicable IP rights, among other questions. After the well-attended workshop in Gymnasium Neufeld high school, the young researchers asked many questions. The attendees in Lugano also showed great interest in the topic.
The workshops are part of the IPI’s long-standing commitment as a main partner of Swiss Youth in Science. The IPI believes that it’s important to inform young researchers about IP protection at an early stage because they could go on to found start-ups. At last year’s final, the IPI awarded a special prize to two participants, which gave them the opportunity to present their inventions at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel.
The national competition is the official competition of the Swiss Youth in Science programme. Baccalaureate projects, vocational school or apprenticeship projects, and independent projects may be entered in the competition. After the closing date for applications in October, the projects for the semi-finals are selected from over 300 applications. The participants whose project and presentation create a well-rounded impression will go through to the final. This year’s final will take place on 26 and 27 April at the University of Fribourg.