|What is protected?
Inventions, i.e. new technical solutions to technical problems
|How is it protected?
Granting of the patent
|What exceptions are there?
Private use, research and teaching
|Scope of protection
Defined in the patent claims
|Period of protection
Max. 20 years
|Common symbols or references
+pat+; pat. pend. (patent pending)
|Application fees (CH)
CHF 200 (for the application),
|Annual fees (CH)
CHF 100 for the 4th year, after which the fees increase annually
|Unique to Switzerland
There is no official examination for novelty and inventive step in Switzerland. The IPI therefore recommends carrying out a patent search.
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